Search for excited $B_{c}^{+}$ states

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

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A search is performed in the invariant mass spectrum of the $B_c^{+}\pi^{+}\pi^{-}$ system for the excited $B_c^{+}$ states $B_c(2^{1}S_{0})^+$ and $B_c(2^{3}S_{1})^+$ using a data sample of $pp$ collisions collected by the LHCb experiment at the centre-of-mass energy of $\sqrt{s} = 8 \,{\mathrm{TeV}}$, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of $2 \,{\mathrm{fb^{-1}}}$. No evidence is seen for either state. Upper limits on the ratios of the production cross-sections of the $B_c(2^{1}S_{0})^+$ and $B_c(2^{3}S_{1})^+$ states times the branching fractions of ${B_c(2^{1}S_{0})^+} \to {B_c^{+}\pi^{+}\pi^{-}}$ and ${B_c(2^{3}S_{1})^+} \to {B_c^{*+}\pi^{+}\pi^{-}}$ over the production cross-section of the $B_c^{+}$ state are given as a function of their masses. They are found to be between 0.02 and 0.14 at $95\%$ confidence level for $B_c(2^{1}S_{0})^+$ and $B_c(2^{3}S_{1})^+$ in the mass ranges $[6830, 6890] \,{\mathrm{MeV}}/c^{2}$ and $[6795,6890] \,{\mathrm{MeV}}/c^{2}$, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaij:2017lpg
Pages (from-to)138
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2018


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