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Observation of a resonance in $B^+ \to K^+ \mu^+\mu^-$ decays at low recoil

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Abstract

A broad peaking structure is observed in the dimuon spectrum of $B^+ \to K^+ \mu^+\mu^-$ decays in the kinematic region where the kaon has a low recoil against the dimuon system. The structure is consistent with interference between the $B^+ \to K^+ \mu^+\mu^-$ decay and a resonance and has a statistical significance exceeding six standard deviations. The mean and width of the resonance are measured to be $4191^{+9}_{-8}\mathrm{\,Me V/}c^2$ and $65^{+22}_{-16}\mathrm{\,MeV/}c^2$, respectively, where the uncertainties include statistical and systematic contributions. These measurements are compatible with the properties of the $\psi(4160)$ meson. First observations of both the decay $B^+ \to \psi(4160) K^+$ and the subsequent decay $\psi(4160) \to \mu^+\mu^-$ are reported. The resonant decay and the interference contribution make up 20\,% of the yield in the low recoil region, which is larger than theoretical estimates.

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Dimuon mass distribution of data with fit results overlaid for the fit that includes contributions from the non-resonant vector and axial vector components, and the $\psi (3770)$ , $\psi(4040)$, and $\psi(4160)$ resonances. Interference terms are included and the relative strong phases are left free in the fit.

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Profile likelihood ratios for the product of branching fractions $\cal B ( B ^+ \!\rightarrow \psi K ^+ )\times\cal B (\psi\!\rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^- )$ of the $\psi(4040)$ and the $\psi(4160)$ mesons. At each point all other fit parameters are reoptimised.

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Profile likelihood as a function of mass and width of a fit with a single extra resonance. At each point all other fit parameters are reoptimised. The three ellipses are (red-solid) the best fit and previous measurements of (grey-dashed) the $\psi(4160)$ [4] and (black-dotted) the $ Y (4260)$ [22] states.

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Parameters of the dominant resonance for fits where the mass and width are unconstrained and constrained to those of the $\psi(4160)$ meson [4], respectively. The branching fractions are for the $ B ^+ $ decay followed by the decay of the resonance to muons.

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Created on 09 December 2018.Citation count from INSPIRE on 09 December 2018.