Measurement of the ratio of branching fractions $\mathcal{B}(B_c^+\,\to\,J/\psi\tau^+\nu_\tau)$/$\mathcal{B}(B_c^+\,\to\,J/\psi\mu^+\nu_\mu)$

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

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A measurement is reported of the ratio of branching fractions $\mathcal{R}(J/\psi)=\mathcal{B}(B_c^+\,\to\,J/\psi\tau^+\nu_\tau)/\mathcal{B}(B_c^+\,\to\,J/\psi \mu^+\nu_\mu)$, where the $\tau^+$ lepton is identified in the decay mode $\tau^+\,\to\,\mu^+\nu_\mu\overline{\nu}_\tau$. This analysis uses a sample of proton-proton collision data corresponding to 3.0$\mathrm{\,fb}^{-1}$ of integrated luminosity recorded with the LHCb experiment at center-of-mass energies $7\,\mathrm{TeV}$ and $8\,\mathrm{TeV}$. A signal is found for the decay $B_c^+\,\to\,J/\psi \tau^+\nu_\tau$ at a significance of 3 standard deviations, corrected for systematic uncertainty, and the ratio of the branching fractions is measured to be $\mathcal{R}(J/\psi) = 0.71 \pm 0.17 \mathrm{\,(stat)} \pm 0.18\mathrm{\,(syst)}$. This result lies within 2 standard deviations above the range of existing predictions in the Standard Model.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaij:2017tyk
Pages (from-to)121801
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2018


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