Search for hidden-sector bosons in B0 → K∗0μ+μ- decays

LHCb Collaboration, R. Aaij, B. Adeva, M. Adinolfi, A. Affolder, Z. Ajaltouni, S. Akar, J. Albrecht, F. Alessio, M. Alexander, S. Ali, G. Alkhazov, P. Alvarez Cartelle, A. A. Alves, S. Amato, S. Amerio, Y. Amhis, L. An, L. Anderlini, J. AndersonG. Andreassi, M. Andreotti, J. E. Andrews, R. B. Appleby, O. Aquines Gutierrez, F. Archilli, P. D'Argent, A. Artamonov, M. Artuso, E. Aslanides, G. Auriemma, M. Baalouch, S. Bachmann, J. J. Back, A. Badalov, C. Baesso, W. Baldini, R. J. Barlow, C. Barschel, S. Barsuk, S. Bifani, N. Farley, P. Griffith, P. Ilten, I. R. Kenyon, C. Lazzeroni, A. Mazurov, J. McCarthy, L. Pescatore, D. Popov, N. K. Watson

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Abstract

A search is presented for hidden-sector bosons, χ, produced in the decay B0→K(892)0χ, with K(892)0→K+π- and χ→μ+μ-. The search is performed using pp-collision data corresponding to 3.0 fb-1 collected with the LHCb detector. No significant signal is observed in the accessible mass range 214≤m(χ)≤4350 MeV, and upper limits are placed on the branching fraction product B(B0→K(892)0χ)×B(χ→μ+μ-) as a function of the mass and lifetime of the χ boson. These limits are of the order of 10-9 for χ lifetimes less than 100 ps over most of the m(χ) range, and place the most stringent constraints to date on many theories that predict the existence of additional low-mass bosons.

Original languageEnglish
Article number161802
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume115
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy

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