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Observation of B ¯ →d (∗) π+π- ν ¯ Decays in e+e- Collisions at the Υ (4S) Resonance

  • Author(s): Lees, JP
  • Poireau, V
  • Tisserand, V
  • Grauges, E
  • Palano, A
  • Eigen, G
  • Stugu, B
  • Brown, DN
  • Kerth, LT
  • Kolomensky, YG
  • Lee, MJ
  • Lynch, G
  • Koch, H
  • Schroeder, T
  • Hearty, C
  • Mattison, TS
  • McKenna, JA
  • So, RY
  • Khan, A
  • Blinov, VE
  • Buzykaev, AR
  • Druzhinin, VP
  • Golubev, VB
  • Kravchenko, EA
  • Onuchin, AP
  • Serednyakov, SI
  • Skovpen, YI
  • Solodov, EP
  • Todyshev, KY
  • Lankford, AJ
  • Gary, JW
  • Long, O
  • Franco Sevilla, M
  • Hong, TM
  • Kovalskyi, D
  • Richman, JD
  • West, CA
  • Eisner, AM
  • Lockman, WS
  • Panduro Vazquez, W
  • Schumm, BA
  • Seiden, A
  • Chao, DS
  • Cheng, CH
  • Echenard, B
  • Flood, KT
  • Hitlin, DG
  • Kim, J
  • Miyashita, TS
  • Ongmongkolkul, P
  • Porter, FC
  • Röhrken, M
  • Andreassen, R
  • Huard, Z
  • Meadows, BT
  • Pushpawela, BG
  • Sokoloff, MD
  • Sun, L
  • Ford, WT
  • Smith, JG
  • Wagner, SR
  • Ayad, R
  • Toki, WH
  • Spaan, B
  • Bernard, D
  • Verderi, M
  • Playfer, S
  • Bettoni, D
  • Bozzi, C
  • Calabrese, R
  • Cibinetto, G
  • Fioravanti, E
  • Garzia, I
  • Luppi, E
  • Santoro, V
  • Calcaterra, A
  • De Sangro, R
  • Finocchiaro, G
  • Martellotti, S
  • Patteri, P
  • Peruzzi, IM
  • Piccolo, M
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2016 American Physical Society. We report on measurements of the decays of B¯ mesons into the semileptonic final states B¯→D(∗)π+π-ν¯, where D(∗) represents a D or D∗ meson and - is an electron or a muon. These measurements are based on 471×106 BB¯ pairs recorded with the BABAR detector at the SLAC asymmetric B factory PEP-II. We determine the branching fraction ratios Rπ+π-(∗)=B(B¯→D(∗)π+π-ν¯)/B(B¯→D(∗)-ν¯) using events in which the second B meson is fully reconstructed. We find Rπ+π-=0.067±0.010±0.008 and Rπ+π-∗=0.019±0.005±0.004, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. Based on these results and assuming isospin invariance, we estimate that B¯→D(∗)ππ-ν¯ decays, where π denotes either a π± and π0 meson, account for up to half the difference between the measured inclusive semileptonic branching fraction to charm hadrons and the corresponding sum of previously measured exclusive branching fractions.

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