Measurement of the lifetime of the Bc+ meson using the Bc+→J/ψπ+ decay mode

LHCb Collaboration

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

23 Scopus citations


The difference in total widths between the Bc+ and B+ mesons is measured using a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3.0 fb-1 collected by the LHCb experiment in 7 and 8 TeV centre-of-mass energy proton-proton collisions at the LHC. Through the study of the time evolution of Bc+→J/ψπ+ and B+→J/ψK+ decays, the width difference is measured to beδΓ≡ΓBc+-ΓB+=4.46±0.14±0.07mm-1c, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second systematic. The known lifetime of the B+ meson is used to convert this to a precise measurement of the Bc+ lifetime,τBc+=513.4±11.0±5.7fs, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
StatePublished - Mar 6 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Cite this