Search for the lepton-flavour violating decays B$_{(s)}^{0} \to e^{\pm}\mu^{\mp}$

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

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Abstract

A search for the lepton-flavour violating decays $B^0_s \rightarrow e^\pm \mu^\mp$ and $B^0 \rightarrow e^\pm \mu^\mp$ is performed based on a sample of proton-proton collision data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3 fb$^{-1}$, collected with the LHCb experiment at centre-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV. The observed yields are consistent with the background-only hypothesis. Upper limits on the branching fractions are determined to be $\mathcal{B}(B^0_s \rightarrow e^\pm \mu^\mp) < 5.4\,(6.3) \times 10^{-9}$ and $\mathcal{B}(B^0 \rightarrow e^\pm \mu^\mp) < 1.0\,(1.3) \times 10^{-9}$ at $90\%\,(95\%)$ confidence level, which are the strongest limits on these decays to date.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaij:2017cza
Pages (from-to)078
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Volume1803
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2018

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