Measurement of the very rare K+→π+νν̅ decay

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Authors

  • NA62 Collaboration

Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

The NA62 experiment reports the branching ratio measurement BR(K+ → π+νν̅) = (10.6+4.0-3.4 |stat ± 0.9syst ) × 10−11 at 68% CL, based on the observation of 20 signal candidates with an expected background of 7.0 events from the total data sample collected at the CERN SPS during 2016–2018. This provides evidence for the very rare K+ → π+νν̅ decay, observed with a significance of 3.4σ. The experiment achieves a single event sensitivity of (0.839±0.054) × 10−11, corresponding to 10.0 events assuming the Standard Model branching ratio of (8.4±1.0) × 10-11. This measurement is also used to set limits on BR(K+ → π+X), where X is a scalar or pseudo-scalar particle. Details are given of the analysis of the 2018 data sample, which corresponds to about 80% of the total data sample.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number93
Number of pages27
JournalJHEP
Volume2021
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • FCNC Interaction, Flavour Changing Neutral Currents, Rare decay, Fixed target experiments, Flavor physics