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Observation of $D^0$ meson decays to $\pi^+\pi^-\mu^+\mu^-$ and $K^+K^-\mu^+\mu^-$ final states

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaij:2017iyr
Pages (from-to)181805
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2017


The first observation of the $D^0 \to \pi^+\pi^-\mu^+\mu^-$ and $D^0 \to K^+K^-\mu^+\mu^-$ decays is reported using a sample of proton-proton collisions collected by LHCb at a center-of-mass energy of 8$\,$TeV, and corresponding to 2$\,$fb$^{-1}$ of integrated luminosity. The corresponding branching fractions are measured using as normalization the decay $D^0 \to K^- \pi^+[\mu^+\mu^-]_{\rho^0/\omega}$, where the two muons are consistent with coming from the decay of a $\rho^0$ or $\omega$ meson. The results are $\mathcal{B}(D^0 \to \pi^+\pi^-\mu^+\mu^-)=(9.64\pm0.48\pm0.51\pm0.97)\times10^{-7}$ and $\mathcal{B}(D^0 \to K^+K^-\mu^+\mu^-)=( 1.54\pm0.27\pm0.09\pm0.16)\times10^{-7}$, where the uncertainties are statistical, systematic, and due to the limited knowledge of the normalization branching fraction. The dependence of the branching fraction on the dimuon mass is also investigated.

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