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Published December 1, 2011 | Published
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Branching fraction measurements of the color-suppressed decays B̅^0 to D^((*)0_π^(0), D^((*)0)η, D^((*)0)ω, and D^((*)0)η′ and measurement of the polarization in the decay B̅ 0→D^(*0)ω


We report updated branching fraction measurements of the color-suppressed decays B̅ ^(0) → D^(0)π^(0), D^(*0)π^(0), D^(0)η, D^(*0)η, D^(0)ω, D^(*0)ω, D^(0)η′, and D^(*0)η′. We measure the branching fractions (×10^(-4)): B(B̅^0 → D^(0)π^(0)) = 2.69±0.09±0.13, B(B̅^(0) → D^(*0)π^(0)) = 3.05±0.14±0.28, B(B̅^(0) → D^(0)η) = 2.53±0.09±0.11, B(B̅^(0) → D^(*0)η) = 2.69±0.14±0.23, B(B̅^(0) → D^(0)ω) = 2.57±0.11±0.14, B(B̅^(0) → D^(*0)ω) = 4.55±0.24±0.39, B(B̅^(0)→D^(0)η′) = 1.48±0.13±0.07, and B(B̅^(0) → D^(*0)n′) = 1.49±0.22±0.15. We also present the first measurement of the longitudinal polarization fraction of the decay channel D*0ω, fL=(66.5±4.7±1.5)%. In the above, the first uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. The results are based on a sample of (454±5)×10^6 BB̅ pairs collected at the Υ(4S) resonance, with the BABAR detector at the PEP-II storage rings at SLAC. The measurements are the most precise determinations of these quantities from a single experiment. They are compared to theoretical predictions obtained by factorization, Soft Collinear Effective Theory (SCET) and perturbative QCD (pQCD). We find that the presence of final state interactions is favored and the measurements are in better agreement with SCET than with pQCD.

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© 2011 American Physical Society. Received 29 July 2011; published 16 December 2011. 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 Ciencia e Innovación (Spain), and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom). Individuals have received support from the Marie-Curie IEF program (European Union), the A.P. Sloan Foundation (USA) and the Binational Science Foundation (USA-Israel).

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