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Observation of $B^0_s\to\bar{D}^0 K^0_S$ and evidence for $B^0_s\to\bar{D}^{*0} K^0_S$ decays

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Abstract

The first observation of the $B^0_s\to\bar{D}^0 K^0_S$ decay mode and evidence for the $B^0_s\to\bar{D}^{*0} K^0_S$ decay mode are reported. The data sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 3.0 $\text{fb}^{-1}$ collected in $pp$ collisions by LHCb at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV. The branching fractions are measured to be \begin{align*} \mathcal{B}(B^0_s\to\bar{D}^0 \bar{K}^0) &= (4.3\pm0.5(\text{stat})\pm0.3(\text{syst})\pm0.3(\text{frag})\pm0.6(\text{norm}))\times10^{-4},\\ \mathcal{B}(B^0_s\to\bar{D}^{*0} \bar{K}^0) &= (2.8\pm1.0(\text{stat})\pm0.3(\text{syst})\pm0.2(\text{frag})\pm0.4(\text{norm}))\times10^{-4}, \end{align*} where the uncertainties are due to contributions coming from statistical precision, systematic effects, and the precision of two external inputs, the ratio $f_s/f_d$ and the branching fraction of $B^0\to\bar{D}^0 K^0_S$, which is used as a calibration channel.

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The projection of the fit results (solid line) on the data sample (points) is shown for the $\overline{ D }{} {}^0$ candidate (a,d), the $ K ^0_{\mathrm{ \scriptscriptstyle S}}$ candidate (b,e) and $ B $ candidate (c,f) mass spectra. The long $ K ^0_{\mathrm{ \scriptscriptstyle S}}$ sample is shown in (a,b,c), and the downstream sample in (d,e,f). The dashed line in the $\overline{ D }{} {}^0$ and $ K ^0_{\mathrm{ \scriptscriptstyle S}}$ candidate mass plots represents events corresponding to background categories $\mathcal{S}_{2,3,4}$ in the fit, and includes peaks due to, for example, real $\overline{ D }{} {}^0$ mesons paired with two random pions. The double-peak behavior of the $ B_{(s)}^0 \!\rightarrow \overline{ D }{} {}^{*0} (\overline{ D }{} {}^0 \pi ^0 ) K ^0_{\mathrm{ \scriptscriptstyle S}} $ shape is due to the missing momentum of the $\pi ^0$ and the helicity amplitude of the $\overline{ D }{} {}^{*0} \!\rightarrow \overline{ D }{} {}^0 \pi ^0 $ decay.

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Summary of the systematic uncertainties.

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Created on 09 December 2018.Citation count from INSPIRE on 18 December 2018.