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Observation of the semileptonic decay B+ → p‾pμ+νμ

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Original languageEnglish
Article number146
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2020


The Cabibbo-suppressed semileptonic decay $B^{+}\to p\overline{p}\mu^{+}\nu_{\mu}$ is observed for the first time using a sample of $pp$ collisions corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0, 2.0 and 1.7fb$^{-1}$ at centre-of-mass energies of 7, 8 and 13TeV, respectively. The differential branching fraction is measured as a function of the $p\overline{p}$ invariant mass using the decay mode $B^{+}\to J/\psi K^{+}$ for normalisation. The total branching fraction is measured to be \begin{align*} \mathcal{B}(B^{+}\to p\overline{p}\mu^{+}\nu_{\mu}) = (5.27 ^{+0.23}_{-0.24} \pm 0.21 \pm 0.15)\times 10^{-6}, \end{align*} where the first uncertainty is statistical, the second systematic and the third is from the uncertainty on the branching fraction of the normalisation channel.

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