Measurement of the mass and production rate of $\Xi_b^-$ baryons

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

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The first measurement of the production rate of $\Xi_b^-$ baryons in $pp$ collisions relative to that of $\Lambda_b^0$ baryons is reported, using data samples collected by the LHCb experiment, and corresponding to integrated luminosities of $1$, $2$ and $1.6$ fb$^{-1}$ at $\sqrt{s}=7,~8$ and $13$ TeV, respectively. In the kinematic region $2 < \eta < 6$ and $p_{\rm T}<20$ GeV/$c$, we measure \begin{align*} \frac{f_{\Xi_b^-}}{f_{\Lambda_b^0}}\frac{{\mathcal{B}}(\Xi_b^-\to J/\psi\Xi^-)}{{\mathcal{B}}(\Lambda_b^0\to J/\psi\Lambda)} &= (10.8\pm0.9\pm0.8)\times10^{-2}~~[\sqrt{s}=7,8~{\rm TeV}],\\ \frac{f_{\Xi_b^-}}{f_{\Lambda_b^0}}\frac{{\mathcal{B}}(\Xi_b^-\to J/\psi\Xi^-)}{{\mathcal{B}}(\Lambda_b^0\to J/\psi\Lambda)} &= (13.1\pm1.1\pm1.0)\times10^{-2}~~[\sqrt{s}=13~{\rm TeV}], \end{align*} where $f_{\Xi_b^-}$ and $f_{\Lambda_b^0}$ are the fragmentation fractions of $b$ quarks into $\Xi_b^-$ and $\Lambda_b^0$ baryons, respectively, ${\mathcal{B}}$ represents branching fractions, and the uncertainties are due to statistical and experimental systematic sources. The values of $f_{\Xi_b^-}/f_{\Lambda_b^0}$ are obtained by invoking SU(3) symmetry in the $\Xi_b^-\to J\psi\Xi^-$ and $\Lambda_b^0\to J/\psi\Lambda$ decays. Production asymmetries between $\Xi_b^-$ and $\bar{\Xi}_b^+$ baryons are also reported. The mass of the $\Xi_b^-$ baryon is also measured relative to that of the $\Lambda_b^0$ baryon, from which it is found that \begin{align*} m(\Xi_b^-) &= 5796.70\pm0.39\pm0.15\pm0.17~{\rm MeV}/c^2, \end{align*} where the last uncertainty is due to the precision on the known $\Lambda_b^0$ mass. This result represents the most precise determination of the $\Xi_b^-$ mass.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaij:2019ezy
Pages (from-to)052006
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2019


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