Measurement of the isospin asymmetry in B→K(∗)μ+μ− decays.

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

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The isospin asymmetries of B→K(∗)μ+μ− decays and the partial branching fractions of B0→K0μ+μ− and B+→K∗+μ+μ− are measured as a function of the di-muon mass squared q2 using an integrated luminosity of 1.0 fb−1 collected with the LHCb detector. The B→Kμ+μ− isospin asymmetry integrated over q2 is negative, deviating from zero with over 4 σ significance. The B→K∗μ+μ− decay measurements are consistent with the Standard Model prediction of negligible isospin asymmetry. The observation of the decay B0→K0Sμ+μ− is reported with 5.7 σ significance. Assuming that the branching fraction of B0→K0μ+μ− is twice that of B0→K0Sμ+μ−, the branching fractions of B0→K0μ+μ− and B→K∗+μ+μ− are found to be (0.31+0.07−0.06)×10−6 and (1.16±0.19)×10−6, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Article number133
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
Early online date15 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


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