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Observation of D0 meson decays to π+π−μ+μ− and K+K−μ+μ− final states

Physical Review Letters American Physical Society 119 (2017) 181805-

R Aaij, B Adeva, M Adinolfi, M Bjørn, T Evans, P Gandini, BR Gruberg Cazon, T Hadavizadeh, TH Hancock, N Harnew, D Hill, PG Jalocha, MJJ John, NP Jurik, S Malde, AK Nandi, HL Pullen, A Rollings, M Vesterinen, GR Wilkinson

The first observation of the D0→π+π−μ+μ− and D0→K+K−μ+μ− decays is reported using a sample of proton-proton collisions collected by LHCb at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV, and corresponding to 2  fb^−1 of integrated luminosity. The corresponding branching fractions are measured using as normalization the decay D0→K−π+[μ+μ−]ρ0/ω, where the two muons are consistent with coming from the decay of a ρ0 or ω meson. The results are B(D0→π+π−μ+μ−)=(9.64±0.48±0.51±0.97)×10^−7 and B(D0→K+K−μ+μ−)=(1.54±0.27±0.09±0.16)×10^−7, where the uncertainties are statistical, systematic, and due to the limited knowledge of the normalization branching fraction. The dependence of the branching fraction on the dimuon mass is also investigated.

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