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Improved limit on the branching fraction of the rare decay $${{K} ^0_{\mathrm { \scriptscriptstyle S}}} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-$$

European Physical Journal C Springer 77 (2017) 678-

R Aaij, B Adeva, M Adinolfi, T Evans, P Gandini, BR Gruberg Cazon, T Hadavizadeh, N Harnew, D Hill, PG Jalocha, MJJ John, NP Jurik, S Malde, AK Nandi, A Rollings, S Topp-Joergensen, G Veneziano, G Wilkinson

A search for the decay $K^0_{\scriptscriptstyle S}\to\mu^+\mu^-$ is performed, based on a data sample of proton-proton collisions corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3 fb$^{-1}$, collected by the LHCb experiment at centre-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV. The observed yield is consistent with the background-only hypothesis, yielding a limit on the branching fraction of ${\cal B}(K^0_{\scriptscriptstyle S}\to\mu^+\mu^-) < 0.8~(1.0) \times 10^{-9}$ at $90\%~(95\%)$ confidence level. This result improves the previous upper limit on the branching fraction by an order of magnitude.

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