Invariant mass distributions of B+pi and B0pi+ combinations are investigated in order to study excited B mesons. The analysis is based on a data sample corresponding to 3.0 fb1 of pp collision data, recorded by the LHCb detector at centreofmass energies of 7 and 8 TeV. Precise measurements of the masses and widths of the B_1(5721)^(0,+) and B_2*(5747)^(0,+) states are reported. Clear enhancements, particularly prominent at high pion transverse momentum, are seen over background in the mass range 58506000 MeV in both B+pi and B0pi+ combinations. The structures are consistent with the presence of four excited B mesons, labelled B_J(5840)^(0,+) and B_J(5960)^(0,+), whose masses and widths are obtained under different hypotheses for their quantum numbers.
Mass predictions of the excited $ B $ states [3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10]. The boxes cover the range of predictions for the masses of each state, and the red dots indicate the measured values. The horizontal lines correspond to the $B\pi$ (red) and $B^*\pi$ (blue) thresholds. 
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Mass distributions of the $ B ^+$ and $ B ^0$ candidates reconstructed through (a) $ B ^+ \rightarrow \overline{ D }{} ^0 (\pi^+,\pi^+\pi^+\pi^)$, (b) $ B ^+ \rightarrow J/\psi K^+$, (c) $ B ^0 \rightarrow D ^ (\pi^+,\pi^+\pi^+\pi^)$, and (d) $ B ^0 \rightarrow J/\psi K ^{*0} $ decays. The $ { J \mskip 3mu/\mskip 2mu\psi \mskip 2mu}$ , $\overline{ D }{} ^0$ and $ D ^$ masses are constrained to their world average values [2]. Results of fits are superimposed for illustration. The signal (dotdashed red line) is modelled with a double Crystal Ball [41] distribution, while the background (dashed black line) is modelled with\ a secondorder polynomial. The total fit is shown as a solid blue line. 
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Distributions of the $Q$ values of the $ B ^{**}$ candidates after the selection for the (top) $ B ^+ $ and (bottom) $ B ^0 $ candidates. The white histograms represent the RS combinations, while the overlaid shaded red histograms represent the WS combinations. The right hand plots are made after applying an additional requirement of $ p_{\rm T} >2 \mathrm{\,GeV} $ on the companion pion. 
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Result of the fits to the $Q$value distributions for (top) $ B ^+ \pi ^ $ and (bottom) $ B ^0 \pi ^+ $ candidates. The components are labelled in the legend. The normalised residuals (pulls) of the difference between the fit results and the data points, divided by their uncertainties, are shown underneath each plot. 
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Result of the fit to (left) $ B ^+ \pi ^ $ and (right) $ B ^0 \pi ^+ $ candidates, split into (top to bottom) low, medium and high $p_{\rm T}$ bins, with ranges as labelled on the plots. The components are labelled in the legends. The fit pulls are shown underneath each plot. 
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Allowed decay modes for the excited $ B $ states. 
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Results of the fits when two RBW functions are used for the $B_J(5840)^{0,+}$ and $B_J(5960)^{0,+}$ states (empirical model). The mean $\mu$ of each peak is given together with the width $\Gamma$ and the yield $N_{\textrm{state}}$. The parameters related to the AP and WS components are suppressed for brevity. All uncertainties are statistical only. Units of $\mathrm{\,MeV}$ for $\mu$ and $\Gamma$ are implied. 
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Results of the fits when the natural spinparity hypothesis is assigned to (top quadruplet) the $B_J(5840)^{0,+}$ state or (bottom quadruplet) the $B_J(5960)^{0,+}$ state, so that three RBW shapes are used to model the broad resonances in the fit. The mean $\mu$ of each peak is given together with the width $\Gamma$. All uncertainties are statistical only. Units of $\mathrm{\,MeV}$ for $\mu$ and $\Gamma$ are implied. 
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Systematic uncertainties on the results of the fit to the $ B ^+ \pi ^ $ candidates. Units of $\mathrm{\,MeV}$ for $\mu$ and $\Gamma$ are implied. 
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Systematic uncertainties on the results of the fit to the $ B ^0 \pi ^+ $ candidates. Units of $\mathrm{\,MeV}$ for $\mu$ and $\Gamma$ are implied. 
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Parameters of the $B_J(5840)^{0,+}$ and $B_J(5960)^{0,+}$ states obtained with different fit models. The empirical fit uses two, and the quark model fits three, RBW shapes to model the broad resonances. The listed uncertainties are, from left to right: the statistical uncertainty, the experimental systematic uncertainty, and, where applicable, the uncertainty on the $ B $ meson mass and the uncertainty on the $ B ^{*} B$ mass difference. Note that any state not explicitly labelled as "natural" is considered to have unnatural spinparity (and not to be $0^+$); the reported mass can be converted into the corresponding result under the $0^+$ spinparity assumption by subtracting the $ B ^{*} B$ mass difference. Units of $\mathrm{\,MeV}$ are implied. 
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Statistical (top) and systematic (bottom) covariance matrices of the nominal $ B ^+ \pi ^ $ fit, where $\mu$ and $\Gamma$ stand for the mean and width respectively. The parameters related to the AP and WS shapes and the signal yields are suppressed for brevity. Units of $\mathrm{\,MeV}$ for $\mu$ and $\Gamma$ are implied. 
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Statistical (top) and systematic (bottom) covariance matrices of the nominal $ B ^0 \pi ^+ $ fit, where $\mu$ and $\Gamma$ stand for the mean and width respectively. The parameters related to the AP and WS shapes and the signal yields are suppressed for brevity. Units of $\mathrm{\,MeV}$ for $\mu$ and $\Gamma$ are implied. 
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