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Evidence for an ηc(1S)π− resonance in B0→ηc(1S)K+π decays

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1019
Journal European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2018


A Dalitz plot analysis of $B^0 \to \eta_c(1S) K^+\pi^-$ decays is performed using data samples of $pp$ collisions collected with the LHCb detector at centre-of-mass energies of $\sqrt{s}=7,~8$ and $13$ TeV, corresponding to a total integrated luminosity of $4.7~\text{fb}^{-1}$. A satisfactory description of the data is obtained when including a contribution representing an exotic $\eta_c(1S) \pi^-$ resonant state. The significance of this exotic resonance is more than three standard deviations, while its mass and width are $4096 \pm 20~^{+18}_{-22}$ MeV and $152 \pm 58~^{+60}_{-35}$ MeV, respectively. The spin-parity assignments $J^P=0^+$ and $J^{P}=1^-$ are both consistent with the data. In addition, the first measurement of the $B^0 \to \eta_c(1S) K^+\pi^-$ branching fraction is performed and gives $\displaystyle \mathcal{B}(B^0 \to \eta_c(1S) K^+\pi^-) = (5.73 \pm 0.24 \pm 0.13 \pm 0.66) \times 10^{-4}$, where the first uncertainty is statistical, the second systematic, and the third is due to limited knowledge of external branching fractions.

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