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EP Seminar

B+ -> K+ nu nubar and other highlights from Belle II

by Elisa Manoni (Universita e INFN, Perugia (IT))

Video only

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In this seminar, we will first survey selected first physics highlights from the Belle II experiment at the SuperKEKB collider in Japan, before going in depth on our recent measurement of $B^+\rightarrow K^+ \nu\bar{\nu}$.  The decay $B^+\rightarrow K^+ \nu\bar{\nu}$ is mediated by a flavor-changing neutral current. In the Standard Model, the predicted branching fraction is about $6\times 10^{-5}$, while enhancements are foreseen in New Physics scenarios.

We search for this rare decay in a 362 fb$^{-1}$ sample of electron-positron collisions at the $\Upsilon(4S)$ resonance. We use the inclusive properties of the accompanying B meson in $\Upsilon(4S)\rightarrow B\bar{B}$ events to suppress background from other decays of the signal B candidate and light-quark pair production. We validate the measurement with an auxiliary analysis based on a conventional hadronic reconstruction of the accompanying B meson. Our inclusive and hadronic tagged analyses yield consistent results. Combining them, we determine the branching fraction of the decay $B^+\rightarrow K^+ \nu\bar{\nu}$ to be $2.4 \pm 0.5(stat)^{+0.5}_{−0.4}(syst) \times 10^{−5}$, providing the first evidence for this decay, with a significance of 3.6 standard deviations.

Organized by

Jan Fiete Grosse-Oetringhaus and Pedro Silva