New measurement of the K±→π±μ+μ- decay

J. R. Batley, G. Kalmus, C. Lazzeroni, D. J. Munday, M. W. Slater, S. A. Wotton, R. Arcidiacono, G. Bocquet, N. Cabibbo, A. Ceccucci, D. Cundy, V. Falaleev, M. Fidecaro, L. Gatignon, A. Gonidec, W. Kubischta, A. Norton, A. Maier, M. Patel, A. PetersS. Balev, P. L. Frabetti, E. Goudzovski*, P. Hristov, V. Kekelidze, V. Kozhuharov, L. Litov, D. Madigozhin, E. Marinova, N. Molokanova, I. Polenkevich, Y. Potrebenikov, S. Stoynev, A. Zinchenko, E. Monnier, E. Swallow, R. Winston, P. Rubin, A. Walker, W. Baldini, A. Cotta Ramusino, P. Dalpiaz, C. Damiani, M. Fiorini, A. Gianoli, M. Martini, F. Petrucci, M. Savrié, M. Scarpa, H. Wahl, A. Bizzeti, M. Lenti, M. Veltri, M. Calvetti, E. Celeghini, E. Iacopini, G. Ruggiero, M. Behler, K. Eppard, K. Kleinknecht, P. Marouelli, L. Masetti, U. Moosbrugger, C. Morales Morales, B. Renk, M. Wache, R. Wanke, A. Winhart, D. Coward, A. Dabrowski, T. Fonseca Martin, M. Shieh, M. Szleper, M. Velasco, M. D. Wood, P. Cenci, M. Pepe, M. C. Petrucci, G. Anzivino, E. Imbergamo, A. Nappi, M. Piccini, M. Raggi, M. Valdata-Nappi, C. Cerri, R. Fantechi, G. Collazuol, L. DiLella, G. Lamanna, I. Mannelli, A. Michetti, F. Costantini, N. Doble, L. Fiorini, S. Giudici, G. Pierazzini, M. Sozzi, S. Venditti, B. Bloch-Devaux, C. Cheshkov, J. B. Chèze, M. De Beer, J. Derré, G. Marel, E. Mazzucato, B. Peyaud, B. Vallage, M. Holder, M. Ziolkowski, C. Biino, N. Cartiglia, F. Marchetto, S. Bifani, M. Clemencic, S. Goy Lopez, H. Dibon, M. Jeitler, M. Markytan, I. Mikulec, G. Neuhofer, L. Widhalm

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Abstract

A sample of 3120 K±→π±μ+μ- decay candidates with (3.3±0.7)% background contamination has been collected by the NA48/2 experiment at the CERN SPS, allowing a detailed study of the decay properties. The branching ratio was measured to be BR=(9.62±0.25)×10-8. The form factor W(z), where z=(Mμμ/MK)2, was parameterized according to several models. In particular, the slope of the linear form factor W(z)=W0(1+δz) was measured to be δ=3.11±0.57. Upper limits of 2.9×10-2 and 2.3×10-2 on possible charge asymmetry and forward-backward asymmetry were established at 90% CL. An upper limit BR(K±→π±μ±μ±)<1.1×10-9 was established at 90% CL for the rate of the lepton number violating decay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-115
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume697
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 28 2011

Keywords

  • Lepton number violation
  • Rare kaon decay
  • δS=1 weak NC decay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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