Evidence for an Excess of B̅ →D[superscript (*)]τ[superscript -]ν̅ [subscript τ] Decays
Author(s)Cowan, Ray Franklin; Dujmic, Denis; Sciolla, Gabriella
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Based on the full BABAR data sample, we report improved measurements of the ratios R(D[superscript(*)])=B(B̅→D[superscript (*)][bar over τ]ν̅[subscript τ])/B(B̅→D[superscript (*)]ℓ[subscript bar over ℓ]ν̅[subscript ℓ]), where ℓ is either e or μ. These ratios are sensitive to new physics contributions in the form of a charged Higgs boson. We measure R(D)=0.440±0.058±0.042 and R(D*)=0.332±0.024±0.018, which exceed the standard model expectations by 2.0σ and 2.7σ, respectively. Taken together, our results disagree with these expectations at the 3.4σ level. This excess cannot be explained by a charged Higgs boson in the type II two-Higgs-doublet model.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Laboratory for Nuclear Science
Physical Review Letters
American Physical Society
Lees, J. et al. “Evidence for an Excess of [bar over B]→D[superscript (*)][bar over T][bar over v][subscript T] Decays.” Physical Review Letters 109.10 (2012).
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