Search for lepton-universality violation in $B^+\to K^+\ell^+\ell^-$ decays

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

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A measurement of the ratio of branching fractions of the decays B+→K+μ+μ- and B+→K+e+e- is presented. The proton-proton collision data used correspond to an integrated luminosity of 5.0  fb-1 recorded with the LHCb experiment at center-of-mass energies of 7, 8, and 13 TeV. For the dilepton mass-squared range 1.1<q2<6.0  GeV2/c4 the ratio of branching fractions is measured to be RK=0.846-0.054+0.060-0.014+0.016, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second systematic. This is the most precise measurement of RK to date and is compatible with the standard model at the level of 2.5 standard deviations.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaij:2019wad
Pages (from-to)191801
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2019


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