First observation of a baryonic $B_c^+$ decay

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A baryonic decay of the $B_c^+$ meson, $B_c^+\to J/\psi p\overline{p}\pi^+$, is observed for the first time, with a significance of $7.3$ standard deviations, in $pp$ collision data collected with the LHCb detector and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of $3.0$ fb$^{-1}$ taken at center-of-mass energies of $7$ and $8$ $\mathrm{TeV}$. With the $B_c^+\to J/\psi \pi^+$ decay as normalization channel, the ratio of branching fractions is measured to be \begin{equation*} \frac{\mathcal{B}(B_c^+\to J/\psi p\overline{p}\pi^+)}{\mathcal{B}(B_c^+\to J/\psi \pi^+)} = 0.143^{ + 0.039}_{ - 0.034} (\mathrm{stat})\pm0.013 (\mathrm{syst}). \end{equation*} The mass of the $B_c^+$ meson is determined as $M(B_c^+)=6274.0\pm1.8 (\mathrm{stat})\pm0.4 (\mathrm{syst}) \mathrm{MeV}/c^2$, using the $B_c^+\to J/\psi p\overline{p}\pi^+$ channel.

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Invariant mass distribution for (left) $ B _ c ^+ \rightarrow { J \mskip -3mu/\mskip -2mu\psi \mskip 2mu} p \overline{p}\pi ^+ $ and (right) $ B _ c ^+ \rightarrow { J \mskip -3mu/\mskip -2mu\psi \mskip 2mu} \pi ^+ $ candidates. The superimposed curves show the fitted contributions from signal (dashed), combinatorial background (dotted), misidentification background (dot-dashed) and their sum (solid).

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Invariant mass distributions of (left) $M(p\overline{p})$ and (right) $M(p\pi ^+ )$ for data (dots) and simulation (solid) using uniform phase-space model, for $ B _ c ^+ \rightarrow { J \mskip -3mu/\mskip -2mu\psi \mskip 2mu} p \overline{p}\pi ^+ $ decay.

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Systematic uncertainties for the $ B _ c ^+ $ mass measurement.

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Systematic uncertainties (in percent) for the relative branching fraction measurement.

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Supplementary Material [file]

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This ZIP file contains supplemetary material for the publication LHCb-PAPER-2014-039. The files are: Supplementary.pdf : Decribing the thee LHCb measurements of Bc+ mass, and their average. *.pdf, *.png, *.eps, *.C : The results Bc+ mass measurements in variuous formats supp.tex: main latex file used to produce supplementary.pdf, including mass result table

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Created on 19 February 2021.