A Search for the Decay B^0 -> gamma gamma

The BaBar Collaboration, Philip Clark

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We report the result of a search for the rare decay B^0 -> gamma gamma in 426 fb-1 of data, corresponding to 226 million B^0 \bar{B}^0 pairs, collected on the Upsilon(4S) resonance at the PEP-II asymmetric-energy e+e- collider using the BABAR detector. We use a maximum likelihood fit to extract the signal yield and observe 21^{+13}_{-12} signal events with statistical significance of 1.9 sigma. This corresponds to a branching fraction B(B^0 -> gamma gamma) = (1.7 +- 1.1(stat.) +- 0.2(syst.)) x 10^-7. Based on this result, we set a 90% confidence level upper limit of B(B^0 -> gamma gamma)
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review D
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2010


  • hep-ex

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