Searches for violation of lepton flavour and baryon number in tau lepton decays at LHCb

LHCb collaboration, Jonathan Harrison*

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Searches for the lepton flavour violating decay tau(-) -> mu(-)mu(+)mu(-) and the lepton flavour and baryon number violating decays tau(-) -> (p) over bar mu(+)mu(-) and tau(-) -> p mu(-)mu(-) have been carried out using proton-proton collision data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0 fb(-1), taken by the LHCb experiment at root s = 7 TeV. No evidence has been found for any signal, and limits have been set at 90% confidence level on the branching fractions: B(tau(-) -> mu(-)mu(+)mu(-) < 8.0 x 10(-8), B(tau(-) -> <(p)over bar>mu(+)mu(-)) < 3.3 x 10(-7) and B(tau(-) -> p mu(-)mu(-)) < 4.4 x 10(-7). The results for the tau(-) -> (p) over bar mu(+)mu(-) and tau(-) -> p mu(-)mu(-) decay modes represent the first direct experimental limits on these channels. (C) 2013 CERN. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-45
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

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