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We study the processes gamma gamma -> K^0_S K+/- pi-/+ and gamma gamma -> K+ K- pi+ pi- pi0 using a data sample of 519.2 fb-1 recorded by the BaBar detector at the PEP-II asymmetric-energy e+e- collider at center-of-mass energies near the Upsilon(nS) (n = 2,3,4) resonances. We observe the eta_c(1S), chi_c0(1P), chi_c2(1P), and eta_c(2S) resonances produced in two-photon interactions and decaying to K+ K- pi+ pi- pi0, with significances of 18.1, 5.7, 5.2, and 5.3 standard deviations (including systematic errors), respectively. We measure the eta_c(2S) mass and width in K^0_S K+/- pi-/+ decays, m(eta_c(2S))=3638.5 +/- 1.5 +/- 0.8 MeV/c^2 and Gamma(eta_c(2S)) = 13.4 +/- 4.6 +/- 3.2 MeV, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. We search for the Z(3930) resonance and find no significant signal. We also provi...
We search for single-photon decays of the Upsilon(1S) resonance, Upsilon->gamma+invisible, where the invisible state is either a particle of definite mass, such as a light Higgs boson A0, or a pair of dark matter particles, chi chi-bar. Both A0 and chi are assumed to have zero spin. We tag Upsilon(1S) decays with a dipion transition Upsilon(2S)->pi+pi-Upsilon(1S) and look for events with a single energetic photon and significant missing energy. We find no evidence for such processes in the mass range m_A0<=9.2 GeV and m_chi<=4.5 GeV in the sample of 98e6 Upsilon(2S) decays collected with the BaBar detector and set stringent limits on new physics models that contain light dark matter states.
We report the results of a study of the exclusive charmless semileptonic decays, $B^{+} \rightarrow \eta^{(\prime)} \ell^{+} \nu$ and $B^{0} \rightarrow \pi^{-} \ell^{+} \nu$, undertaken with approximately 464 million $\ensuremath{B\kern 0.18em\bar{\kern -0.18em B}}$ pairs collected at the $\Upsilon(4S)$ resonance with the ${{\slshape B\kern-0.1em{\smaller A}\kern-0.1em B\kern-0.1em{\smaller A\kern-0.2em R}}}$ detector. The analysis uses events in which the signal $B$ decays are reconstructed with a loose neutrino reconstruction technique. We obtain partial branching fractions for $B^{+} \rightarrow \eta \ell^{+} \nu$ and $B^{0} \rightarrow \pi^{-} \ell^{+} \nu$ decays in three and twelve bins of $q^2$, respectively, from which we extract the $f_+(q^2)$ form-factor shapes and the total branching fractions ${\ensuremath{\cal B}}(B^{+} \...
We perform a Dalitz plot analysis of about 100,000 Ds+ decays to K+ K- pi+ and measure the complex amplitudes of the intermediate resonances which contribute to this decay mode. We also measure the relative branching fractions of Ds+ --> K+ K+ pi- and Ds+ --> K+ K+ K-. For this analysis we use a 384 fb-1 data sample, recorded by the BABAR detector at the PEP-II asymmetric-energy e+e- collider running at center-of-mass energies near 10.58 GeV.
We present measurements of the branching fractions, longitudinal polarization, and direct CP-violation asymmetries for the decays B+ -> rho0 K*+ and B+ -> f0(980) K*+ with a sample of 467+/-5 million BBbar pairs collected with the BaBar detector at the PEP-II asymmetric-energy e^+e^- collider at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. We observe B+ -> rho0 K*+ with a significance of 5.3 sigma and measure the branching fraction Br(B+ -> rho0 K*+) = (4.6+/-1.0+/-0.4) x 10^{-6}, the longitudinal polarization fL = 0.78+/-0.12+/-0.03, and the CP-violation asymmetry ACP = 0.31+/-0.13+/-0.03. We observe B+ -> f0(980) K*+ and measure the branching fraction Br(B+ -> f0(980) K*+) x Br(f0(980) -> pi+pi-) = (4.2+/-0.6+/-0.3) x 10^{-6} and the CP-violation asymmetry ACP = -0.15+/-0.12+/-0.03. The first uncertainty quoted is statistical and the se...
We present a measurement of the branching fractions of the 22 decay channels of the B0 and B+ mesons to Dbar(*)D(*)K, where the D(*) and Dbar(*) mesons are fully reconstructed. Summing the 10 neutral modes and the 12 charged modes, the branching fractions are found to be B(B0 -> Dbar(*)D(*)K) = (3.68 +- 0.10 +- 0.24)% and B(B+ -> Dbar(*)D(*)K) = (4.05 +- 0.11 +- 0.28)%, where the first uncertainties are statistical and the second systematic. The results are based on 429 fb^-1 of data containing 471.10^6 BBbar pairs collected at the Y(4S) resonance with the BaBar detector at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
We report on analyses of tau lepton decays $\tau^- \to \eta K^- \nu_{\tau}$ and $\tau^- \to \eta \pi^- \nu_{\tau}$, with $\eta \to \pi^+ \pi^- \pi^0$, using 470 fb$^{-1}$ of data from the Babar experiment at PEP-II, collected at center-of-mass energies at and near the $\Upsilon(4S)$ resonance. We measure the branching fraction for the $\tau^- \to \eta K^- \nu_{\tau}$ decay mode, $\Br(\tau^- \to \eta K^- \nu_{\tau}) = (1.42\pm0.11\text{(stat)}\pm0.07\text{(syst)})\times10^{-4}$, and report a 95% confidence level upper limit for the second-class current process $\tau^- \to \eta \pi^- \nu_{\tau}$, $\Br(\tau^- \to \eta \pi^- \nu_{\tau}) < 9.9\times10^{-5}$.
We present an analysis of exclusive charmless semileptonic B-meson decays based on 377 million BBbar pairs recorded with the BABAR detector at the Upsilon(4S) resonance. We select four event samples corresponding to the decay modes B0 --> pi- l+ nu, B+ --> pi0 l+ nu, B0 --> rho- l+ nu, and B+ -> rho0 l+ nu, and find the measured branching fractions to be consistent with isospin symmetry. Assuming isospin symmetry, we combine the two pi l nu samples, and similarly the two rho l nu samples, and measure the branching fractions BF(B0 --> pi- l+ nu) = (1.41 +- 0.05 +- 0.07) x 10^-4 and BF(B0 --> rho- l+ nu) = (1.75 +- 0.15 +- 0.27) x 10^-4, where the errors are statistical and systematic. We compare the measured distribution in q^2, the momentum transfer squared, with predictions for the form factors from lattice QCD calculations and light-...
We present measurements of partial branching fractions of $B \rightarrow K^+ X$, $B \rightarrow K^0 X$, and $B \rightarrow \pi^+ X$, where $X$ denotes any accessible final state above the endpoint for B decays to charmed mesons, specifically for momenta of the candidate hadron greater than 2.34 (2.36) GeV for kaons (pions) in the B rest frame. These measurements are sensitive to potential new-physics particles which could enter the $b \rightarrow s(d)$ loop transitions. The analysis is performed on a data sample consisting of $383 \times 10^6$ $B \bar{B}$ pairs collected with the BaBar detector at the PEP-II $e^+e^-$ asymmetric energy collider. Our results are in agreement with standard model predictions and exclude large enhancements of the inclusive branching fraction due to sources of new physics.
Based on $122\times 10^6$ \ThreeS events collected with the \babar\ detector, we have observed the \OneDJ bottomonium state through the $\ThreeS\to\g\g\OneDJ\to\g\g\pip\pim\OneS$ decay chain. The significance is 6.2 standard deviations including systematic uncertainties. The mass of the J=2 member of the \OneDJ triplet is determined to be $10164.5\pm0.8 \rm{(stat.)}\pm0.5 \rm{(syst.)}$ \mevcc. We use the $\pip\pim$ invariant mass and decay angular distributions to confirm the consistency of the observed state with the orbital angular momentum and parity assignments of the \OneDJ.
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