Search for rare $B^0_{(s)}\rightarrow \mu^+ \mu^- \mu^+ \mu^-$ decays

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\noindent A search for the decays $B^0_{s}\rightarrow \mu^+ \mu^- \mu^+ \mu^-$ and $B^0 \rightarrow \mu^+ \mu^- \mu^+ \mu^-$ is performed using data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0 $\{\,fb}^{-1}$ , collected with the LHCb detector in 2011. The number of candidates observed is consistent with the expected background and, assuming phase-space models of the decays, limits on the branching fractions are set: \{${\cal B }(B^0_{s}\rightarrow \mu^+ \mu^- \mu^+ \mu^-) < 1.6 \ (1.2) \times 10^{-8}$} and \{${\cal B }(B^0 \rightarrow \mu^+ \mu^- \mu^+ \mu^-)< 6.6 \ (5.3) \times 10^{-9}$} at 95\,% (90\,%) confidence level. In addition, limits are set in the context of a supersymmetric model which allows for the $B^0_{(s)}$ meson to decay into a scalar ($S$) and pseudoscalar particle ($P$), where $S$ and $P$ have masses of 2.5 GeV and 214.3 MeV, respectively, both resonances decay into $\mu^+\mu^-$. The branching fraction limits for these decays are \{${\cal B }( B^0_{s}\rightarrow SP ) < 1.6 \ (1.2) \times 10^{-8}$} and \{${\cal B }( B^0\rightarrow SP )< 6.3 \ (5.1) \times 10^{-9}$} at 95% (90%) confidence level.

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Feynman diagrams for the $ B ^0_\mathrm{s} \to\mu^+\mu^-\mu^+\mu^-$ and $ B ^0 \to\mu^+\mu^-\mu^+\mu^-$ decays, via (a) the resonant $ B ^0_\mathrm{s} \to J/\psi\phi $ SM channel, (b) the nonresonant SM channel and (c) the supersymmetric channel. The latter is propagated by scalar $S$ and pseudoscalar $P$ sgoldstino sfermions.

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(color online). Invariant mass distribution of $K^+ \pi^- \mu^+ \mu^-$ candidates. The $ B ^0$ and $\overline{ B }{} ^0_\mathrm{s} $ signal distributions are shown by short-dashed black and long-dashed red (gray) lines, respectively. The background shape is denoted by a long-dashed black line. The total fit result is shown as a solid blue (black) line. The inset shows the mass distribution centered around the $\overline{ B }{} ^0_\mathrm{s} $ mass.

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Invariant mass distribution of nonresonant $ B^0_{(s)}\to \mu^+ \mu^- \mu^+ \mu^- $ candidates. The solid (dashed) black lines indicate the boundaries of the $ B ^0_\mathrm{s} $ ( $ B ^0$ ) signal window. The blue curve shows the model used to fit the mass sidebands and extract the expected number of combinatorial background events in the $ B ^0_\mathrm{s} $ and $ B ^0$ signal regions. Only events in the region in which the line is solid have been considered in the fit.

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Combined reconstruction and selection efficiencies of all the decay modes considered in the analysis. The uncertainties shown are statistical.

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Systematic uncertainties on the branching fractions of $ B^0_{(s)}\to \mu^+ \mu^- \mu^+ \mu^- $ . The combined systematic uncertainties are calculated by adding the individual components in quadrature.

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Created on 22 February 2019.Citation count from INSPIRE on 22 February 2019.