First Observation of the Decay B →J/ψϕK

A. Anastassov, J. E. Duboscq, K. K. Gan, C. Gwon, T. Hart, K. Honscheid, D. Hufnagel, H. Kagan, R. Kass, J. Lorenc, T. K. Pedlar, H. Schwarthoff, E. von Toerne, M. M. Zoeller, S. J. Richichi, H. Severini, P. Skubic, A. Undrus, S. Chen, J. FastJ. W. Hinson, J. Lee, N. Menon, D. H. Miller, E. I. Shibata, I. P.J. Shipsey, V. Pavlunin, D. Cronin-Hennessy, Y. Kwon, A. L. Lyon, E. H. Thorndike, H. Marsiske, M. L. Perl, V. Savinov, D. Ugolini, X. Zhou, T. E. Coan, V. Fadeyev, I. Korolkov, Y. Maravin, I. Narsky, R. Stroynowski, J. Ye, T. Wlodek, M. Artuso, R. Ayad, C. Boulahouache, K. Bukin, S. Anderson, R. Mahapatra, CLEO Collaboration

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We present the first observation of the decay B →J/ψϕK Using 9.6 ×106BB¯meson pairs collected with the CLEO detector, we have observed ten fully reconstructed B →J/ψϕK candidates, whereas the estimated background is 0.5 ±0.2event. We obtain a branching fraction of B(B →J/ψϕK)=(8.8−3.0+3.5[stat]±1.3[syst])×10−5This is the first observed B meson decay requiring the creation of an additional ss¯quark pair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1393-1397
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2000


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