Measurement of the rare decay π0→e+e-

E. Abouzaid, M. Arenton, A. R. Barker, L. Bellantoni, A. Bellavance, 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, K. Hanagaki, Y. B. Hsiung, H. HuangD. A. Jensen, R. Kessler, K. Kotera, A. Ledovskoy, P. L. McBride, E. Monnier, K. S. Nelson, H. Nguyen, R. Niclasen, D. G. Phillips, H. Ping, X. R. Qi, E. J. Ramberg, R. E. Ray, M. Ronquest, E. Santos, J. Shields, W. Slater, D. Smith, N. Solomey, E. C. Swallow, P. A. Toale, R. Tschirhart, C. Velissaris, Y. W. Wah, J. Wang, H. B. White, J. Whitmore, M. J. Wilking, B. Winstein, R. Winston, E. T. Worcester, M. Worcester, T. Yamanaka, E. D. Zimmerman, R. F. Zukanovich

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

71 Scopus citations


The branching ratio of the rare decay π0→e+e- has been measured precisely, using the complete data set from the KTeV E799-II experiment at Fermilab. We observe 794 candidate π0→e+e- events using KL→3π0 as a source of tagged π0s. The expected background is 52.7±11.2 events, predominantly from high e+e- mass π0→e+e-γ decays. We have measured B(π0→e+e-,(me+e-/mπ0)2>0.95)=(6.44±0. 25stat±0.22syst)×10-8, which is above the unitary bound from π0→γγ and within the range of theoretical expectations from the standard model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012004
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 29 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Measurement of the rare decay π0→e+e-'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Abouzaid, E., Arenton, M., Barker, A. R., Bellantoni, L., Bellavance, A., 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., Hanagaki, K., Hsiung, Y. B., ... Zukanovich, R. F. (2007). Measurement of the rare decay π0→e+e-. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 75(1), [012004].