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Observation of a New Ξb Resonance

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Original languageEnglish
Article number072002
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2018


From samples of $pp$ collision data collected by the LHCb experiment at $\sqrt{s}=7$, $8$ and $13$ TeV corresponding to integrated luminosities of 1.0, 2.0 and 1.5 fb$^{-1}$, respectively, a peak in both the $\Lambda_b^0K^-$ and $\Xi_b^0\pi^-$ invariant mass spectra is observed. In the quark model, radially and orbitally excited $\Xi_b^-$ resonances with quark content $bds$ are expected. Referring to this peak as $\Xi_b(6227)^-$, the mass and natural width are measured to be $m_{\Xi_{b}(6227)^-}=6226.9\pm2.0\pm0.3\pm0.2$ MeV/$c^2$ and $\Gamma_{\Xi_b(6227)^-}=18.1\pm5.4\pm1.8$ MeV/$c^2$, where the first uncertainty is statistical, the second is systematic, and the third, on $m_{\Xi_b(6227)^-}$, is due to the knowledge of the $\Lambda_b^0$ baryon mass. Relative production rates of the ${\Xi_b(6227)^-\to\Lambda_b^0K^-}$ and ${\Xi_b(6227)^-\to\Xi_b^0\pi^-}$ decays are also reported.

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