First observation of the decay Λb0 →ηc (1S)pK-

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The decay Λb0→ηc(1S)pK- is observed for the first time using a data sample of proton-proton collisions, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 5.5 fb-1, collected with the LHCb experiment at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. The branching fraction of the decay is measured, using the Λb0→J/ψpK- decay as a normalization mode, to be B(Λb0→ηc(1S)pK-)=(1.06±0.16±0.06-0.19+0.22)×10-4, where the quoted uncertainties are statistical, systematic and due to external inputs, respectively. A study of the ηc(1S)p mass spectrum is performed to search for the Pc(4312)+ pentaquark state. No evidence is observed and an upper limit of B(Λb0→Pc(4312)+K-)×B(Pc(4312)+→ηc(1S)p)B(Λb0→ηc(1S)pK-)<0.24 is obtained at the 95% confidence level.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112012
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2020

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We express our gratitude to our colleagues in the CERN accelerator departments for the excellent performance of the LHC. We thank the technical and administrative staff at the LHCb institutes. We acknowledge support from CERN and from the national agencies: CAPES, CNPq, FAPERJ and FINEP (Brazil); MOST and NSFC (China); CNRS/IN2P3 (France); BMBF, DFG and MPG (Germany); INFN (Italy); NWO (Netherlands); MNiSW and NCN (Poland); MEN/IFA (Romania); MSHE (Russia); MICINN (Spain); SNSF and SER (Switzerland); NASU (Ukraine); STFC (United Kingdom); DOE NP and NSF (USA). We acknowledge the computing resources that are provided by CERN, IN2P3 (France), KIT and DESY (Germany), INFN (Italy), SURF (Netherlands), PIC (Spain), GridPP (United Kingdom), RRCKI and Yandex LLC (Russia), CSCS (Switzerland), IFIN-HH (Romania), CBPF (Brazil), PL-GRID (Poland) and OSC (USA). We are indebted to the communities behind the multiple open-source software packages on which we depend. Individual groups or members have received support from AvH Foundation (Germany); EPLANET, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and ERC (European Union); A*MIDEX, ANR, Labex P2IO and OCEVU, and Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France); Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences of CAS, CAS PIFI, Thousand Talents Program, and Sci. & Tech. Program of Guangzhou (China); RFBR, RSF and Yandex LLC (Russia); GVA, XuntaGal and GENCAT (Spain); the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust (United Kingdom).

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