Model-Independent Observation of Exotic Contributions to B 0 → J / ψ K + π − Decays

C. J. G. Onderwater, LHCb Collaboration

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An angular analysis of B0→J/ψK+π− decays is performed, using proton-proton collision data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3  fb−1 collected with the LHCb detector. The m(K+π−)spectrum is divided into fine bins. In each m(K+π−) bin, the hypothesis that the three-dimensional angular distribution can be described by structures induced only by K∗ resonances is examined, making minimal assumptions about the K+π− system. The data reject the K∗-only hypothesis with a large significance, implying the observation of exotic contributions in a model-independent fashion. Inspection of the m(J/ψπ−) vs m(K+π−) plane suggests structures near m(J/ψπ−)=4200 and 4600 MeV.
Original languageEnglish
Article number152002
Pages (from-to)152002-1-152002-10
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 17-Apr-2019


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