Multilepton signatures of a hidden sector in rare B decays

Brian Batell, Maxim Pospelov, Adam Ritz

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We explore the sensitivity of flavor-changing b→s transitions to a (sub-) GeV hidden sector with generic couplings to the standard model through the Higgs, vector, and axion portals. The underlying two-body decays of B mesons, B→XsS, and B0→SS, where S denotes a generic new GeV-scale particle, may significantly enhance the yield of monochromatic lepton pairs in the final state via prompt S→ll̄ decays. Existing measurements of the charged lepton spectrum in neutral-current semileptonic B decays provide bounds on the parameters of the light sector that are significantly more stringent than the requirements of naturalness. New search modes, such as B→Xs+n(ll̄) and B0→n(ll̄) with n≥2, can provide additional sensitivity to scenarios in which both the Higgs and vector portals are active, and are accessible to (super-) B factories and hadron colliders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number054005
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 7 2011
Externally publishedYes


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