Determination of the X(3872) meson quantum numbers

The LHCb collaboration, Matthew Needham, Franz Muheim, Peter Clarke, Yuehong Xie, Stephan Eisenhardt

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The quantum numbers of the X(3872) meson are determined to be JPC=1++ based on angular correlations in B+→X(3872)K+ decays, where X(3872)→π+π-J/ψ and J/ψ→μ+μ-. The data correspond to 1.0  fb-1 of pp collisions collected by the LHCb detector. The only alternative assignment allowed by previous measurements JPC=2-+ is rejected with a confidence level equivalent to more than 8 Gaussian standard deviations using a likelihood-ratio test in the full angular phase space. This result favors exotic explanations of the X(3872) state.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume110, 222001
Early online date25 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2013


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