Observation of charmless baryonic decays $B^0_{(s)} \to p \bar{p} h^+ h^{\prime-}$

Peter Clarke, Greig Cowan, Stephan Eisenhardt, Franz Muheim, Matthew Needham, Stephen Playfer, LHCb Collaboration

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Decays of $B^0$ and $B_{s}^0$ mesons to the charmless baryonic final states $p \overline{p} h^+ h^{\prime-}$, where $h$ and $h^\prime$ each denote a kaon or a pion, are searched for using the LHCb detector. The analysis is based on a sample of proton-proton collision data collected at center-of-mass energies of $7$ and $8\,$TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of $3\,$fb$^{-1}$. Four-body charmless baryonic $B_{s}^0$ decays are observed for the first time. The decays $B^0_{s}\to p \overline{p} K^+ K^-$, $B^0_{s}\to p \overline{p} K^\pm \pi^\mp$, $B^0\to p \overline{p} K^\pm \pi^\mp$ and $B^0\to p \overline{p} \pi^+\pi^-$ are observed with a significance greater than $5$ standard deviations; evidence at $4.1$ standard deviations is found for the $B^0\to p \overline{p} K^+ K^-$ decay and an upper limit is set on the branching fraction for $B^0_{s}\to p \overline{p} \pi^+ \pi^-$. Branching fractions in the kinematic region $m(p \overline{p})
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaij:2017pgn
Pages (from-to)051103
JournalPhysical Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2017


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