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Evidence for the decay $ {B}_S^0\to {\overline{K}}^{\ast 0}{\mu}^{+}{\mu}^{-} $

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Original languageEnglish
Article number020
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Early online date3 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jul 2018


A search for the decay $B_{s}^0 \rightarrow \overline{K}{}^{*0}\mu^+\mu^-$ is presented using data sets corresponding to 1.0, 2.0 and 1.6 $\text{fb}^{-1}$ of integrated luminosity collected during $pp$ collisions with the LHCb experiment at centre-of-mass energies of 7, 8 and 13 TeV, respectively. An excess is found over the background-only hypothesis with a significance of 3.4 standard deviations. The branching fraction of the $B_{s}^0 \rightarrow \overline{K}{}^{*0}\mu^+\mu^-$ decay is determined to be $\mathcal{B}(B_{s}^0 \rightarrow \overline{K}{}^{*0}\mu^+\mu^-) = [2.9 \pm 1.0~(\text{stat}) \pm 0.2~(\text{syst}) \pm 0.3~(\text{norm})] \times 10^{-8}$, where the first and second uncertainties are statistical and systematic, respectively. The third uncertainty is due to limited knowledge of external parameters used to normalise the branching fraction measurement.

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