Observation of an excited b-c(+/-) meson state with the ATLAS detector
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CitationAad, G, Abbott, B., Abdallah, J., Abdel Khalek, S., Abdinov, O., Aben, R. ... ATLAS Collaboration. (2014). Observation of an excited b-c(+/-) meson state with the ATLAS detector. Physical Review Letters, 113 (21), 18p. http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.212004.
A search for excited states of the B-c(+/-) meson is performed using 4.9 fb(-1) of 7 TeV and 19.2 fb(-1) of 8 TeV pp collision data collected by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. A new state is observed through its hadronic transition to the ground state, with the latter detected in the decayB(c)(+/-) -> J/psi pi(+/-). The state appears in the m(B-c(+/-)pi(+)pi(-)) - m(B-c(+/-)) - 2m(pi(+/-)) mass difference distribution with a significance of 5.2 standard deviations. The mass of the observed state is 6842 +/- 4 +/- 5 MeV, where the first error is statistical and the second is systematic. The mass and decay of this state are consistent with expectations for the second S-wave state of the B-c(+/-) meson, B-c(+/-)(2S).