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Published October 1, 2008 | Published
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Search for B→K*νν decays


We present a search for the decays B→K^*νν using 454×10^6BB pairs collected at the Υ(4S) resonance with the BABAR detector at the SLAC PEP-II B-Factory. We first select an event sample where one B is reconstructed in a semileptonic or hadronic mode with one charmed meson. The remaining particles in the event are then examined to search for a B→K^*νν decay. The charged K^* is reconstructed as K^*+→K_S^0π^+ or K^(*+)→K^+π^0; the neutral K^* is identified in K^(*0)→K^+π^- mode. We establish upper limits at 90% confidence level of B(B^+→K^(*+)νν)<8×10^(-5), B(B^0→K^(*0)νν)<12×10^(-5), and B(B→K^*νν)<8×10^(-5).

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© 2008 The American Physical Society. Received 12 August 2008; published 30 October 2008. We are grateful for the extraordinary contributions of our PEP-II colleagues in achieving the excellent luminosity and machine conditions that have made this work possible. The success of this project also relies critically on the expertise and dedication of the computing organizations that support BABAR. The collaborating institutions wish to thank SLAC for its support and the kind hospitality extended to them. This work is supported by the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada), the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique and Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules (France), the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany), the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy), the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (The Netherlands), the Research Council of Norway, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Ministerio de Educaciόn y Ciencia (Spain), and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom). Individuals have received support from the Marie-Curie IEF program (European Union) and the A. P. Sloan Foundation.

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