Observation of an excited B+c state

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Using pp collision data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 8.5  fb-1 recorded by the LHCb experiment at center-of-mass energies of s=7, 8, and 13 TeV, the observation of an excited Bc+ state in the Bc+π+π- invariant-mass spectrum is reported. The observed peak has a mass of 6841.2±0.6(stat)±0.1(syst)±0.8(Bc+)  MeV/c2, where the last uncertainty is due to the limited knowledge of the Bc+ mass. It is consistent with expectations of the Bc*(2S31)+ state reconstructed without the low-energy photon from the Bc*(1S31)+→Bc+γ decay following Bc*(2S31)+→Bc*(1S31)+π+π-. A second state is seen with a global (local) statistical significance of 2.2σ (3.2σ) and a mass of 6872.1±1.3(stat)±0.1(syst)±0.8(Bc+)  MeV/c2, and is consistent with the Bc(2S10)+ state. These mass measurements are the most precise to date.
Original languageEnglish
Article number232001
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
Early online date11 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2019


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