Observation of the decay Ξ−b→pK−K−

Abstract : Decays of the Ξ−b and Ω−b baryons to the charmless final states ph−h′−, where h(′) denotes a kaon or pion, are searched for with the LHCb detector. The analysis is based on a sample of proton-proton collision data collected at centre-of-mass energies s√=7 and 8TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3fb−1. The decay Ξ−b→pK−K− is observed with a significance of 8.7 standard deviations, and evidence at the level of 3.4 standard deviations is found for the Ξ−b→pK−π− decay. Results are reported, relative to the B−→K+K−K− normalisation channel, for the products of branching fractions and b-hadron production fractions. The branching fractions of Ξ−b→pK−π− and Ξ−b→pπ−π− relative to Ξ−b→pK−K− decays are also measured.
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R. Aaij, L. Beaucourt, M. Chefdeville, D. Decamp, N. Déléage, et al.. Observation of the decay Ξ−b→pK−K−. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2017, 118, pp.071801 ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.071801⟩. ⟨in2p3-01412172⟩



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