Observation of B-meson semileptonic decays to noncharmed final states

R. Fulton, M. Hempstead, T. Jensen, D. R. Johnson, H. Kagan, R. Kass, F. Morrow, J. Whitmore, P. Wilson, W. Y. Chen, R. L. McIlwain, D. H. Miller, C. R. Ng, S. F. Schaffner, E. I. Shibata, W. M. Yao, K. Sparks, E. H. Thorndike, C. H. Wang, I. C. BrockT. Ferguson, M. S. Alam, I. J. Kim, W. C. Li, X. C. Lou, C. R. Sun, P. N. Wang, M. I. Zoeller, D. Bortoletto, M. Goldberg, N. Horwitz, V. Jain, M. D. Mestayer, G. C. Moneti, V. Sharma, I. P J Shipsey, T. Skwarnicki, M. Thulasidas, S. E. Csorna, T. Letson, J. Alexander, M. Artuso, C. Bebek, K. Berkelman, D. G. Cassel, Elliott C Cheu, D. M. Coffman, G. Crawford, J. W. Dewire, P. S. Drell, R. Ehrlich, R. S. Galik, B. Gittelman, S. W. Gray, A. M. Halling, D. L. Hartill, B. K. Heltsley, J. Kandaswamy, N. Katayama, D. L. Kreinick, J. D. Lewis, N. B. Mistry, J. Mueller, R. Namjoshi, S. Nandi, E. Nordberg, C. Ogrady, D. Peterson, M. Pisharody, D. Riley, M. Sapper, A. Silverman, S. Stone, H. Worden, M. Worris, A. J. Sadoff, P. Avery, D. Besson, L. Garren, J. Yelton, T. Bowcock, K. Kinoshita, F. M. Pipkin, M. Procario, Richard Wilson, J. Wolinski, D. Xiao, R. Ammar, P. Baringer, D. Coppage, P. Haas, Ha Lam, A. Jawahery, C. H. Park, Y. Kubota, J. K. Nelson, D. Perticone, R. Poling

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We report the first evidence of charmless semileptonic decays of B mesons. In the momentum interval 2.42.6 GeV/c where the background from bcl is negligible, the average of the measured ue and u partial branching ratios is Bub(2.4,2.6) =(×10-4. Inclusion of data from the interval 2.22.4 GeV/c, where the lepton yield is dominated by bcl, gives Bub(2.2,2.6) =(×10-4. Vub/Vcb depends on the theoretical model of bul decay and is approximately 0.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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Fulton, R., Hempstead, M., Jensen, T., Johnson, D. R., Kagan, H., Kass, R., Morrow, F., Whitmore, J., Wilson, P., Chen, W. Y., McIlwain, R. L., Miller, D. H., Ng, C. R., Schaffner, S. F., Shibata, E. I., Yao, W. M., Sparks, K., Thorndike, E. H., Wang, C. H., ... Poling, R. (1990). Observation of B-meson semileptonic decays to noncharmed final states. Physical Review Letters, 64(1), 16-20. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.64.16