Study of B -> X gamma Decays and Determination of |V_td/V_ts|

The BaBar Collaboration, Philip Clark

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Using a sample of 471 million BBbar events collected with the BaBar detector, we study the sum of seven exclusive final states B->X_s(d) gamma, where X_s(d) is a strange (non-strange) hadronic system with a mass of up to 2.0GeV/c^2. After correcting for unobserved decay modes, we obtain a branching fraction for b->d gamma of (9.2 +/- 2.0(stat.) +/- 2.3(syst.))x10^-6 in this mass range, and a branching fraction for b->s gamma of (23.0 +/- 0.8(stat.) +/- 3.0(syst.))x10^-5 in the same mass range. We find BF(b->dgamma) / BF(b->sgamma) = 0.040 +/- 0.009(stat.) +/- 0.010(syst.), from which we determine |V_td/V_ts|=0.199 +/- 0.022(stat.) +/- 0.024(syst.) +/- 0.002(th.).
Original languageEnglish
Article number051101
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2010


  • hep-ex

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