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Studies of the resonance structure in $D^{0} \rightarrow K^\mp \pi ^\pm \pi ^\pm \pi ^\mp $ decays

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaij:2017kbo
Pages (from-to)443
Journal European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2018


Amplitude models are constructed to describe the resonance structure of ${D^{0}\to K^{-}\pi^{+}\pi^{+}\pi^{-}}$ and ${D^{0} \to K^{+}\pi^{-}\pi^{-}\pi^{+}}$ decays using $pp$ collision data collected at centre-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV with the LHCb experiment, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of $3.0\mathrm{fb}^{-1}$. The largest contributions to both decay amplitudes are found to come from axial resonances, with decay modes $D^{0} \to a_1(1260)^{+} K^{-}$ and $D^{0} \to K_1(1270/1400)^{+} \pi^{-}$ being prominent in ${D^{0}\to K^{-}\pi^{+}\pi^{+}\pi^{-}}$ and $D^{0}\to K^{+}\pi^{-}\pi^{-}\pi^{+}$, respectively. Precise measurements of the lineshape parameters and couplings of the $a_1(1260)^{+}$, $K_1(1270)^{-}$ and $K(1460)^{-}$ resonances are made, and a quasi model-independent study of the $K(1460)^{-}$ resonance is performed. The coherence factor of the decays is calculated from the amplitude models to be $R_{K3\pi} = 0.459\pm 0.010\,(\mathrm{stat}) \pm 0.012\,(\mathrm{syst}) \pm 0.020\,(\mathrm{model})$, which is consistent with direct measurements. These models will be useful in future measurements of the unitary-triangle angle $\gamma$ and studies of charm mixing and $C\!P$ violation.

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