Measurement of the effective B0s→K+K− lifetime

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

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A precise determination of the effective B0s→K+K− lifetime can be used to constrain contributions from physics beyond the Standard Model in the B0s meson system. Conventional approaches select B meson decay products that are significantly displaced from the B meson production vertex. As a consequence, B mesons with low decay times are suppressed, introducing a bias to the decay time spectrum which must be corrected. This analysis uses a technique that explicitly avoids a lifetime bias by using a neural network based trigger and event selection. Using 1.0 fb−1 of data recorded by the LHCb experiment, the effective B0s→K+K− lifetime is measured as 1.455±0.046(stat.)±0.006(syst.)ps.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-400
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics Letters B
Early online date25 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2012


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