Search for the Z(4430)^- at BABAR

The BaBar Collaboration, Philip Clark

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We report the results of a search for $Z(4430)^-$ decay to $J/\psi\pi^-$ or $\psi(2S)\pi^-$ in $B^{-,0}\to \jpsi\pi^- K^{0,+}$ and $B^{-,0}\to \psitwos \pi^- K^{0,+}$ decays. The data were collected with the BABAR detector at the SLAC PEP-II asymmetric-energy $e^+e^-$ collider operating at center of mass energy 10.58 \gev, and the sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 413 fb$^{-1}$. Each $K\pi$ mass distribution exhibits clear $K^{\ast}(892)$ and $K^{\ast}_2(1430)$ signals, and the efficiency-corrected spectrum is well-described by a superposition of the associated Breit-Wigner intensity distributions, together with an $S$-wave contribution obtained from the LASS $I=1/2$ $K\pi$ scattering amplitude measurements. Each $K\pi$ angular distribution varies significantly in structure with $K\pi$ mass, and is represented in terms of low-order Legendre polynomial moments. We find that each $J/\psi\pi$ or $\psi(2S)\pi$ mass distribution is well-described by the reflection of the measured $K\pi$ mass and angular distribution structures. We see no significant evidence for a $Z(4430)^-$ signal for any of the processes investigated, neither in the total $J/\psi\pi$ or $\psi(2S)\pi$ mass distribution, nor in the corresponding distributions for the regions of $K\pi$ mass for which observation of the $Z(4430)^-$ signal was reported. We obtain branching fraction upper limits ${\cal{B}}(B^-\to Z^-\bar{K^0}, Z^-\to J/\psi\pi^-) \psi\pi^-)\psi(2S)\pi^-)\psi(2S)\pi^-)
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review D
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2008


  • hep-ex

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