Improved limit on the branching fraction of the rare decay ${{K} ^0_{\mathrm { \scriptscriptstyle S}}} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-$

Peter Clarke, Greig Cowan, Stephan Eisenhardt, Franz Muheim, Matthew Needham, Stephen Playfer, LHCb Collaboration

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Abstract

A search for the decay $K^0_{\scriptscriptstyle S}\to\mu^+\mu^-$ is performed, based on a data sample of proton-proton collisions corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3 fb$^{-1}$, collected by the LHCb experiment at centre-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV. The observed yield is consistent with the background-only hypothesis, yielding a limit on the branching fraction of ${\cal B}(K^0_{\scriptscriptstyle S}\to\mu^+\mu^-) <0.8~(1.0) \times 10^{-9}$ at $90\%~(95\%)$ confidence level. This result improves the previous upper limit on the branching fraction by an order of magnitude.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaij:2017tia
Pages (from-to)678
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
VolumeC77
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2017

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