Observation of direct CP violation in the measurement of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa angle gamma with $B^pmto D^(*)K^(*)pm$ decays

The BaBar Collaboration, Philip Clark

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Abstract

We report the determination of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa CP-violating angle gamma through the combination of various measurements involving B^{+-} --> D K^{+-}, B^{+-} --> D^{*} K^{+-}, and B^{+-} --> D K^{*+-} decays performed by the BaBar experiment at the PEP-II e^{+}e^{-} collider at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Using up to 474 million B\bar{B} pairs, we obtain gamma = (69 ^{+17}_{-16})^\circ (modulo 180^\circ). The total uncertainty is dominated by the statistical component, with the experimental and amplitude-model systematic uncertainties amounting to +-4^\circ. The corresponding two-standard-deviation region is 41^\circ < gamma < 102^\circ. This result is inconsistent with gamma = 0 with a significance of 5.9 standard deviations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)052015
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review D
VolumeD87
Early online date6 Jan 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2013

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