Publications by Neville Harnew


Observation of the decay B0s to φπ+π- and evidence for B0 to φπ+π-

Physical Review D American Physical Society 95 (2017) 012006-

N Harnew, T Evans, P Gandini, BR Gruberg Cazon, T Hadavizadeh, D Hill, PG Jalocha, MJJ John, O Lupton, S Malde, AK Nandi, S Topp-Joergenson, GR Wilkinson

The first observation of the rare decay B0s to φπ+π- and evidence for B0 to φπ+π- are reported, using pp collision data recorded by the LHCb detector at centre-of-mass energies √s = 7 and 8 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3fb^-1. The branching fractions in the π+π- invariant mass range 400 < m(π+π-) < 1600 MeV/c2 are [3.48 ± 0.23 ± 0.17 ± 0.35] X 10^-6 and [1.82 ± 0.25 ± 0.41 ± 0.14] X 10^-7 for B0s to φπ+π- and B0 to φπ+π- respectively, where the uncertainties are statistical, systematic and from the normalisation mode B0s to φπ+π-. A combined analysis of the π+π- mass spectrum and the decay angles of the final-state particles identifies the exclusive decays B0s to φf0(980), B0s to φf2(1270), and B0s →ϕρ0 with branching fractions of [1.12 ± 0.16^+0.09-0.08 ± 0.11] X 10^-6, [0.61 ± 0.13^+0.12-0.05 ± 0.06] X 10^-6 and [2.7 ± 0.7 ± 0.2 ± 0.2] X 10^-7, respectively.


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