Monday, June 17, 2013

1306.3353 (K. J. Tien et al.)

Evidence for Semileptonic B- to p pbar l nubar Decays    [PDF]

K. J. Tien, M. Z. Wang for the Belle Collaboration
We find evidence for the semileptonic baryonic decay $B^-\to p\bar p\ell^-\bar\nu_\ell$ ($\ell=e,\mu$), based on a data sample of 772 million $B\bar B$ pairs collected at the $\Upsilon(4S)$ resonance with the Belle detector at the KEKB asymmetric-energy electron-positron collider. A neural-network based hadronic $B$-meson tagging method is used in this study. The branching fraction of $B^-\to p\bar p\ell^-\bar\nu_\ell$ is measured to be $(5.8^{+2.4}_{-2.1}\textrm{(stat.)}\pm 0.9\textrm{(syst.)})\times 10^{-6}$ with a significance of 3.2$\sigma$, where lepton universality is assumed. We also estimate the corresponding upper limit: $\mathcal{B}(B^-\to p\bar p\ell^-\bar\nu_\ell) < 9.6\times 10^{-6}$ at the 90% confidence level. This measurement helps constrain the baryonic transition form factor in B decays.
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