Search for lepton flavor violating τ- decays into ℓ- η, ℓ- η and ℓ- π0

Y. Miyazaki, I. Adachi, H. Aihara, D. Anipko, K. Arinstein, V. Aulchenko, T. Aziz, A. M. Bakich, E. Barberio, A. Bay, I. Bedny, K. Belous, U. Bitenc, I. Bizjak, A. Bondar, M. Bračko, T. E. Browder, A. Chen, W. T. Chen, B. G. CheonY. Choi, Y. K. Choi, J. Dalseno, S. Eidelman, D. Epifanov, S. Fratina, N. Gabyshev, A. Go, A. Gorišek, H. Ha, J. Haba, K. Hayasaka, H. Hayashii, M. Hazumi, D. Heffernan, T. Hokuue, Y. Hoshi, S. Hou, W. S. Hou, T. Iijima, A. Imoto, K. Inami, A. Ishikawa, R. Itoh, M. Iwasaki, Y. Iwasaki, H. Kaji, P. Kapusta, H. Kawai, T. Kawasaki, H. Kichimi, Y. J. Kim, S. Korpar, P. Križan, P. Krokovny, R. Kulasiri, R. Kumar, C. C. Kuo, A. Kuzmin, Y. J. Kwon, M. J. Lee, T. Lesiak, S. W. Lin, F. Mandl, T. Matsumoto, H. Miyake, H. Miyata, T. Nagamine, Y. Nagasaka, M. Nakao, S. Nishida, O. Nitoh, S. Ogawa, T. Ohshima, S. Okuno, Y. Onuki, H. Ozaki, P. Pakhlov, G. Pakhlova, H. Park, L. S. Peak, R. Pestotnik, L. E. Piilonen, A. Poluektov, H. Sahoo, Y. Sakai, N. Satoyama, T. Schietinger, O. Schneider, J. Schümann, C. Schwanda, A. J. Schwartz, K. Senyo, M. E. Sevior, H. Shibuya, B. Shwartz, V. Sidorov, J. B. Singh, A. Somov, N. Soni, S. Stanič, M. Starič, H. Stoeck, T. Sumiyoshi, F. Takasaki, K. Tamai, M. Tanaka, G. N. Taylor, Y. Teramoto, X. C. Tian, I. Tikhomirov, T. Tsukamoto, S. Uehara, K. Ueno, Y. Unno, S. Uno, P. Urquijo, Y. Usov, G. Varner, S. Villa, A. Vinokurova, C. H. Wang, M. Watanabe, Y. Watanabe, E. Won, A. Yamaguchi, Y. Yamashita, M. Yamauchi, Z. P. Zhang, V. Zhilich, V. Zhulanov, A. Zupanc

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Abstract

We have searched for lepton-flavor-violating τ decays with a pseudoscalar meson (η, η and π0) using a data sample of 401 fb-1 collected with the Belle detector at the KEKB asymmetric-energy e+ e- collider. No evidence for these decays is found and we set the following upper limits on the branching fractions: B (τ- → e- η) < 9.2 × 10-8, B (τ- → μ- η) < 6.5 × 10-8, B (τ- → e- η) < 1.6 × 10-7, B (τ- → μ- η) < 1.3 × 10-7, B (τ- → e- π0) < 8.0 × 10-8 and B (τ- → μ- π0) < 1.2 × 10-7 at the 90% confidence level. These results improve our previously published upper limits by factors from 2.3 to 6.3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-350
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume648
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May 17

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    Miyazaki, Y., Adachi, I., Aihara, H., Anipko, D., Arinstein, K., Aulchenko, V., Aziz, T., Bakich, A. M., Barberio, E., Bay, A., Bedny, I., Belous, K., Bitenc, U., Bizjak, I., Bondar, A., Bračko, M., Browder, T. E., Chen, A., Chen, W. T., ... Zupanc, A. (2007). Search for lepton flavor violating τ- decays into ℓ- η, ℓ- η and ℓ- π0. Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, 648(5-6), 341-350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2007.03.027