First observation of the decay $B_s2^*(5840)^0 to B^*+ K^-$ and studies of excited $B_s$ mesons

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

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The properties of the orbitally excited (L=1) Bs0 states are studied by using 1.0  fb-1 of pp collisions at √s=7  TeV collected with the LHCb detector. The first observation of the Bs2*(5840)0 meson decaying to B*+K- is reported, and the corresponding branching fraction measured relative to the B+K- decay mode. The Bs1(5830)0→B*+K- decay is observed as well. The width of the Bs2*(5840)0 state is measured for the first time, and the masses of the two states are determined with the highest precision to date. The observation of the Bs2*(5840)0→B*+K- decay favors the spin-parity assignment JP=2+ for the Bs2*(5840)0 meson. In addition, the most precise measurement of the mass difference m(B*+)-m(B+)=45.01±0.30(stat)±0.23(syst)  MeV/c2 is obtained.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Early online date26 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2013


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