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Search for the decay B+→K+τμ±

  • Author(s): Aubert, B
  • Bona, M
  • Boutigny, D
  • Karyotakis, Y
  • Lees, JP
  • Poireau, V
  • Prudent, X
  • Tisserand, V
  • Zghiche, A
  • Garra Tico, J
  • Grauges, E
  • Lopez, L
  • Palano, A
  • Pappagallo, M
  • Eigen, G
  • Stugu, B
  • Sun, L
  • Abrams, GS
  • Battaglia, M
  • Brown, DN
  • Button-Shafer, J
  • Cahn, RN
  • Groysman, Y
  • Jacobsen, RG
  • Kadyk, JA
  • Kerth, LT
  • Kolomensky, YG
  • Kukartsev, G
  • Lopes Pegna, D
  • Lynch, G
  • Mir, LM
  • Orimoto, TJ
  • Osipenkov, IL
  • Ronan, MT
  • Tackmann, K
  • Tanabe, T
  • Wenzel, WA
  • Del Amo Sanchez, P
  • Hawkes, CM
  • Watson, AT
  • Held, T
  • Koch, H
  • Pelizaeus, M
  • Schroeder, T
  • Steinke, M
  • Walker, D
  • Asgeirsson, DJ
  • Cuhadar-Donszelmann, T
  • Fulsom, BG
  • Hearty, C
  • Mattison, TS
  • McKenna, JA
  • Khan, A
  • Saleem, M
  • Teodorescu, L
  • Blinov, VE
  • Bukin, AD
  • Druzhinin, VP
  • Golubev, VB
  • Onuchin, AP
  • Serednyakov, SI
  • Skovpen, YI
  • Solodov, EP
  • Todyshev, KY
  • Bondioli, M
  • Curry, S
  • Eschrich, I
  • Kirkby, D
  • Lankford, AJ
  • Lund, P
  • Mandelkern, M
  • Martin, EC
  • Stoker, DP
  • Abachi, S
  • Buchanan, C
  • Foulkes, SD
  • Gary, JW
  • Liu, F
  • Long, O
  • Shen, BC
  • Zhang, L
  • Paar, HP
  • Rahatlou, S
  • Sharma, V
  • Berryhill, JW
  • Campagnari, C
  • Cunha, A
  • Dahmes, B
  • Hong, TM
  • Kovalskyi, D
  • Richman, JD
  • Beck, TW
  • Eisner, AM
  • Flacco, CJ
  • Heusch, CA
  • Kroseberg, J
  • Lockman, WS
  • Schalk, T
  • Schumm, BA
  • Seiden, A
  • et al.
Abstract

We present a search for the lepton flavor violating decay B+→K+τμ± using 383×106 BB̄ events collected by the BABAR experiment. The branching fraction for this decay can be substantially enhanced in new physics models. The kinematics of the tau from the signal B decay are inferred from the K+, μ, and other B in the event, which is fully reconstructed in one of a variety of hadronic decay modes, allowing the signal B candidate to be fully reconstructed. We observe no excess of events over the expected background and set a limit of B(B+→K+τμ)<7.7×10-5 at 90% confidence level, where the branching fraction is for the sum of the K+τ-μ+ and K+τ+μ- final states. We use this result to improve a model-independent bound on the energy scale of flavor-changing new physics. © 2007 The American Physical Society.

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