Precision measurement of the Λc+, Ξc+, and Ξc0 baryon lifetimes

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  • © 2019 CERN, for the LHCb Collaboration. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI. Funded by SCOAP 3 . We report measurements of the lifetimes of the Λc+, Ξc+ and Ξc0 charm baryons using proton-proton collision data at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3.0 fb-1, collected by the LHCb experiment. The charm baryons are reconstructed through the decays Λc+→pK-π+, Ξc+→pK-π+ and Ξc0→pK-K-π+, and originate from semimuonic decays of beauty baryons. The lifetimes are measured relative to that of the D+ meson, and are determined to be τΛc+=203.5±1.0±1.3±1.4 fs, τΞc+=456.8±3.5±2.9±3.1 fs, τΞc0=154.5±1.7±1.6±1.0 fs, where the uncertainties are statistical, systematic, and due to the uncertainty in the D+ lifetime. The measurements are approximately 3-4 times more precise than the current world average values. The Λc+ and Ξc+ lifetimes are in agreement with previous measurements; however, the Ξc0 baryon lifetime is approximately 3.3 standard deviations larger than the world average value.
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  • Physical Review D  Journal
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    Author List

  • Aaij R; Abellán Beteta C; Adeva B; Adinolfi M; Aidala CA; Ajaltouni Z; Akar S; Albicocco P; Albrecht J; Alessio F
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  • 100
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  • 3