Measurement of the branching ratio of π0 Dalitz decay using KL →π0π0π0 decays

E. Abouzaid, M. Arenton, A. R. Barker, L. Bellantoni, E. Blucher, G. J. Bock, E. Cheu, R. Coleman, M. D. Corcoran, B. Cox, A. R. Erwin, C. O. Escobar, A. Glazov, A. Golossanov, R. A. Gomes, P. Gouffon, Y. B. Hsiung, D. A. Jensen, R. Kessler, K. KoteraA. Ledovskoy, P. L. McBride, E. Monnier, H. Nguyen, R. Niclasen, D. G. Phillips, E. J. Ramberg, R. E. Ray, M. Ronquest, E. Santos, W. Slater, D. Smith, N. Solomey, E. C. Swallow, P. A. Toale, R. Tschirhart, Y. W. Wah, J. Wang, H. B. White, J. Whitmore, M. J. Wilking, B. Winstein, R. Winston, E. T. Worcester, T. Yamanaka, E. D. Zimmerman, R. F. Zukanovich

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Abstract

We present a measurement of B(π0→e+e-γ)/B(π0→γγ), the Dalitz branching ratio, using data taken in 1999 by the E832 KTeV experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. We use neutral pions from fully reconstructed KL decays in flight; the measurement is based on ∼60 thousand KL→π0π0π0→γγγγe+e-γ decays. We normalize to KL→π0π0π0→6γ decays. We find B(π0→e+e-γ)/B(π0→γγ) (me+e->15 MeV/c2)=[3.920±0.016(stat)±0.036(syst)]×10-3. Using the Mikaelian and Smith prediction for the e+e- mass spectrum, we correct the result to the full e+e- mass range. The corrected result is B(π0→e+e-γ)/B(π0→γγ)=[1.1559±0.0047(stat)±0.0106(syst)]%. This result is consistent with previous measurements, and the uncertainty is a factor of 3 smaller than any previous measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032003
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume100
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 5 2019

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Abouzaid, E., Arenton, M., Barker, A. R., Bellantoni, L., Blucher, E., Bock, G. J., Cheu, E., Coleman, R., Corcoran, M. D., Cox, B., Erwin, A. R., Escobar, C. O., Glazov, A., Golossanov, A., Gomes, R. A., Gouffon, P., Hsiung, Y. B., Jensen, D. A., Kessler, R., ... Zukanovich, R. F. (2019). Measurement of the branching ratio of π0 Dalitz decay using KL →π0π0π0 decays. Physical Review D, 100(3), [032003]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.100.032003