Study of B --> pi l nu and B --> rho l nu Decays and Determination of |V_ub|

The BaBar Collaboration, Philip Clark

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We present an analysis of exclusive charmless semileptonic B-meson decays based on 377 million BBbar pairs recorded with the BABAR detector at the Upsilon(4S) resonance. We select four event samples corresponding to the decay modes B0 --> pi- l+ nu, B+ --> pi0 l+ nu, B0 --> rho- l+ nu, and B+ -> rho0 l+ nu, and find the measured branching fractions to be consistent with isospin symmetry. Assuming isospin symmetry, we combine the two B --> pi l nu samples, and similarly the two B --> rho l nu samples, and measure the branching fractions BF(B0 --> pi- l+ nu) = (1.41 +- 0.05 +- 0.07) x 10^-4 and BF(B0 --> rho- l+ nu) = (1.75 +- 0.15 +- 0.27) x 10^-4, where the errors are statistical and systematic. We compare the measured distribution in q^2, the momentum transfer squared, with predictions for the form factors from QCD calculations and determine the CKM matrix element |V_ub|. Based on the measured partial branching fraction for B --> pi l nu in the range q^2 pi l nu, where the error is the combined experimental and theoretical uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review D, particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2010

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  • hep-ex


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