Evidence for the Rare Decay Σ+ →pμ+μ-

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A search for the rare decay Σ+→pμ+μ- is performed using pp collision data recorded by the LHCb experiment at center-of-mass energies s=7 and 8 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3 fb-1. An excess of events is observed with respect to the background expectation, with a signal significance of 4.1 standard deviations. No significant structure is observed in the dimuon invariant mass distribution, in contrast with a previous result from the HyperCP experiment. The measured Σ+→pμ+μ- branching fraction is (2.2-1.3+1.8)×10-8, where statistical and systematic uncertainties are included, which is consistent with the standard model prediction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number221803
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - May 31 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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