Evidence for the decay $ {B}_S^0\to {\overline{K}}^{\ast 0}{\mu}^{+}{\mu}^{-} $

Peter Clarke, Greig Cowan, Stephan Eisenhardt, Silvia Gambetta, Franz Muheim, Matthew Needham, Stephen Playfer, LHCb Collaboration, Marco Pappagallo

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A search for the decay $B_{s}^0 \rightarrow \overline{K}{}^{*0}\mu^+\mu^-$ is presented using data sets corresponding to 1.0, 2.0 and 1.6 $\text{fb}^{-1}$ of integrated luminosity collected during $pp$ collisions with the LHCb experiment at centre-of-mass energies of 7, 8 and 13 TeV, respectively. An excess is found over the background-only hypothesis with a significance of 3.4 standard deviations. The branching fraction of the $B_{s}^0 \rightarrow \overline{K}{}^{*0}\mu^+\mu^-$ decay is determined to be $\mathcal{B}(B_{s}^0 \rightarrow \overline{K}{}^{*0}\mu^+\mu^-) = [2.9 \pm 1.0~(\text{stat}) \pm 0.2~(\text{syst}) \pm 0.3~(\text{norm})] \times 10^{-8}$, where the first and second uncertainties are statistical and systematic, respectively. The third uncertainty is due to limited knowledge of external parameters used to normalise the branching fraction measurement.
Original languageEnglish
Article number020
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Early online date3 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jul 2018

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