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Title: Observation of the {ital B}{sub {ital c}} Meson in {ital p}{ovr {ital p}} Collisions at {radical} ({ital s}) =1.8 TeV

We have observed bottom-charm mesons via the decay mode B{sup {plus_minus}}{sub c}{r_arrow}J/{psi}thinsp {ell}{sup {plus_minus}}{nu} in 1.8thinspthinspTeV p{ovr p} collisions using the CDF detector at the Fermilab Tevatron. A fit of background and signal contributions to the J/{psi}thinsp{ell} mass distribution yielded 20.4{sup +6.2}{sub {minus}5.5} events from B{sub c} mesons. A fit to the same distribution with background alone was rejected at the level of 4.8thinspthinspstandard deviations. We measured the B{sup +}{sub c} mass to be 6.40{plus_minus}0.39(stat){plus_minus}0.13( syst) GeV/c{sup 2} and the B{sup +}{sub c} lifetime to be 0.46{sup +0.18}{sub {minus}0.16}(stat) {plus_minus}0.03(syst)thinspps . Our measured yield (production cross section times branching ratio) for B{sup +}{sub c}{r_arrow}J/{psi}thinsp{ell}{sup +}{nu} relative to that for B{sup +}{r_arrow}J/{psi}thinspK{sup +} is 0.132{sup +0.041}{sub {minus}0.037}(stat ){plus_minus}0.031(syst){sup +0.032}{sub {minus}0.020}(lifetime) . {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society }
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  1. Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)
  2. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, University of Bologna, I-40127 Bologna (Italy)
  3. Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts 02254 (United States)
  4. University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90024 (United States)
  5. University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States)
  6. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States)
  7. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois 60510 (United States)
  8. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States)
  9. Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, I-00044 Frascati (Italy)
  10. University of Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 4 (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
298578
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review Letters; Journal Volume: 81; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: PBD: Sep 1998
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
66 PHYSICS; B MESONS; B MINUS MESONS; B PLUS MESONS; PROTON-ANTIPROTON INTERACTIONS; FERMILAB TEVATRON; LIFETIME; MASS; SEMILEPTONIC DECAY; CHARM PARTICLES; BRANCHING RATIO; QUARKS; J PSI-3097 MESONS