Apr 16 – 20, 2018
Kobe University Convention Centre / Kobe International Conference Center
Asia/Tokyo timezone

[Cancelled] Search for the rare decays $B^- \to \Lambda \bar{p} \nu \bar{\nu}$ and $D^0 \to K \pi e^+e^-$

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Kobe International Convention Centre

Kobe International Convention Centre

WG5: Physics with Heavy Flavours WG3-WG5 Joint Session


Steven Robertson (McGill University, (CA))


Flavor-changing neutral-current (FCNC) decays of the $B$ and $D$ mesons are strongly suppressed in the Standard Model (SM) because they cannot be produced at tree level, and occur first at one-loop level. Therefore, they are sensitive probes for contributions beyond the SM, as heavy mediator can also occur in these loop processes. The analyses presented here are based on the entire dataset collected by the BaBar experiment at the PEP-II $e^+e^-$ collider, at the peak of the $\Upsilon(4S)$ and near it.
The process $B^- \to \Lambda \bar{p} \nu \bar{\nu}$ is the baryonic analog of $B^- \to K^{(*)} \nu \bar{\nu}$ occurring in the SM via a $b\to s\nu\bar{\nu}$ transition through $Z$-penguin and $W$-box diagrams, and its branching ratio is predicted to be about $8\times 10^{-7}$. This decay has never been measured before, we observe no signal and set an upper limit at $90\%$ confidence level on the branching fraction.
The FCNC decay $D^0 \to K \pi e^+e^-$ is further suppressed by the Glashow-Iliopoulos-Maiani mechanism, but long-distance contributions, involving vector meson dominance or photon pole amplitudes in $D^0 \to X e^+e^-$ decays, where $X$ is vector meson, could contribute at the level of $O(10^{-7})$. The BaBar analysis observes no signal but significantly improves on previous upper limits.

Primary author

Steven Robertson (McGill University, (CA))


Fabio Anulli (Sapienza Universita e INFN, Roma I (IT))

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