First observation of the decay B-s(0) -> phi(K)over-bar*(0)

R. Aaij*, C.A. Beteta, B. Adeva, M. Adinolfi, C. Adrover, A. Affolder, Z. Ajaltouni, J. Albrecht, F. Alessio, M. Alexander, S. Ali, G. Alkhazov, P.A. Cartelle, A.A. Alves, S. Amato, S. Amerio, Y. Amhis, L. Anderlini, J. Anderson, R. AndreassenR.B. Appleby, O.A. Gutierrez, F. Archilli, A. Artamonov, M. Artuso, E. Aslanides, G. Auriemma, S. Bachmann, J.J. Back, C. Baesso, V. Balagura, W. Baldini, R.J. Barlow, C. Barschel, S. Barsuk, W. Barter, T. Bauer, A. Bay, J. Beddow, F. Bedeschi, I. Bediaga, S. Belogurov, K. Belous, I. Belyaev, E. Ben-Haim, M. Benayoun, G. Bencivenni, S. Benson, J. Benton, A. Berezhnoy, J. van den Brand

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The first observation of the decay B-s(0) -> phi(K) over bar*(0) is reported. The analysis is based on a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0 fb(-1) of p p collisions at root s = 7 TeV, collected with the LHCb detector. A yield of 30 +/- 6 B-s(0) -> (K+ K-)(K- pi(+)) decays is found in the mass windows 1012.5 < M (K+ K-) < 1026.5MeV/c(2) and 746 < M (K- pi(+)) < 1046MeV/c(2). The signal yield is found to be dominated by B-s(0) -> phi(K) over bar*(0) decays, and the corresponding branching fraction is measured to be B (B-s(0) (->) phi(K) over bar*(0)) = (1.10 +/- 0.24 (stat) +/- 0.14 (syst) +/- 0.08 (f(d)/f(s))) x 10(-6), where the uncertainties are statistical, systematic and from the ratio of fragmentation fractions f(d)/f(s) which accounts for the different production rate of B-0 and B-s(0) mesons. The significance of B-s(0) ->phi (K) over bar*(0) signal is 6.1 standard deviations. The fraction of longitudinal polarization in B-s(0) -> phi(K) over bar*(0) decays is found to be f(0) = 0.51 +/- 0.15 (stat) +/- 0.07 (syst).
Original languageEnglish
Article number092
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • B physics
  • Flavour Changing Neutral Currents
  • Flavor physics
  • Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • ART.
  • K+

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