First Search for Exotic Z Boson Decays into Photons and Neutral Pions in Hadron Collisions
Author(s)Gomez-Ceballos, Guillelmo; Goncharov, Maxim; Paus, Christoph M. E.
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A search for forbidden and exotic Z boson decays in the diphoton mass spectrum is presented for the first time in hadron collisions, based on data corresponding to 10.0 fb[superscript −1] of integrated luminosity from proton-antiproton collisions at √s = 1.96 TeV collected by the CDF experiment. No evidence of signal is observed, and 95% credibility level Bayesian upper limits are set on the branching ratios of decays of the Z boson to a photon and neutral pion (which is detected as a photon), a pair of photons, and a pair of neutral pions. The observed branching ratio limits are 2.01 × 10[superscript −5] for Z → π[superscript 0]γ, 1.46 × 10[superscript −5] for Z → γγ, and 1.52 × 10[superscript −5] for Z → π[superscript 0]π[superscript 0]. The Z → π[superscript 0]γ and Z → γγ limits improve the most stringent results from other experiments by factors of 2.6 and 3.6, respectively. The Z → π[superscript 0]π[superscript 0] branching ratio limit is the first experimental result on this decay.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Laboratory for Nuclear Science
Physical Review Letters
American Physical Society
Aaltonen, T., et al. "First Search for Exotic Z Boson Decays into Photons and Neutral Pions in Hadron Collisions." Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 111803 (March 2014). © 2014 American Physical Society
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