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Observation of the rare decay B+→K+π0π0 and measurement of the quasi-two-body contributions B+→K* (892)+π0, B+→f0(980)K+, and B+→χc0K+

  • Author(s): Lees, JP
  • Poireau, V
  • Tisserand, V
  • Garra Tico, J
  • Grauges, E
  • Martinelli, M
  • Milanes, DA
  • Palano, A
  • Pappagallo, M
  • Eigen, G
  • Stugu, B
  • Brown, DN
  • Kerth, LT
  • Kolomensky, YG
  • Lynch, G
  • Koch, H
  • Schroeder, T
  • Asgeirsson, DJ
  • Hearty, C
  • Mattison, TS
  • McKenna, JA
  • Khan, A
  • Blinov, VE
  • Buzykaev, AR
  • Druzhinin, VP
  • Golubev, VB
  • Kravchenko, EA
  • Onuchin, AP
  • Serednyakov, SI
  • Skovpen, YI
  • Solodov, EP
  • Todyshev, KY
  • Yushkov, AN
  • Bondioli, M
  • Kirkby, D
  • Lankford, AJ
  • Mandelkern, M
  • Stoker, DP
  • Atmacan, H
  • Gary, JW
  • Liu, F
  • Long, O
  • Vitug, GM
  • Campagnari, C
  • Hong, TM
  • Kovalskyi, D
  • Richman, JD
  • West, CA
  • Eisner, AM
  • Kroseberg, J
  • Lockman, WS
  • Martinez, AJ
  • Schalk, T
  • Schumm, BA
  • Seiden, A
  • Cheng, CH
  • Doll, DA
  • Echenard, B
  • Flood, KT
  • Hitlin, DG
  • Ongmongkolkul, P
  • Porter, FC
  • Rakitin, AY
  • Andreassen, R
  • Dubrovin, MS
  • Huard, Z
  • Meadows, BT
  • Sokoloff, MD
  • Sun, L
  • Bloom, PC
  • Ford, WT
  • Gaz, A
  • Nagel, M
  • Nauenberg, U
  • Smith, JG
  • Wagner, SR
  • Ayad, R
  • Toki, WH
  • Spaan, B
  • Kobel, MJ
  • Schubert, KR
  • Schwierz, R
  • Bernard, D
  • Verderi, M
  • Clark, PJ
  • Playfer, S
  • Bettoni, D
  • Bozzi, C
  • Calabrese, R
  • Cibinetto, G
  • Fioravanti, E
  • Garzia, I
  • et al.
Abstract

We report an analysis of charmless hadronic decays of charged B mesons to the final state K+π0π0, using a data sample of (470.9±2.8)×106 BB̄ events collected with the BABAR detector at the Υ(4S) resonance. We observe an excess of signal events, with a significance above 10 standard deviations including systematic uncertainties, and measure the branching fraction and CP asymmetry to be B(B+→K+π0π0)=(16.2±1.2±1.5) ×10-6 and ACP(B+→K+π0π0)=-0.06±0.06±0.04, where the uncertainties are statistical and systematic, respectively. Additionally, we study the contributions of the B+→K*(892)+π0, B+→f0(980)K+, and B+→χc0K+quasi-two-body decays. We report the world's best measurements of the branching fraction and CP asymmetry of the B+→K+π0π0 and B+→K*(892)+π0 channels. © 2011 American Physical Society.

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