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Published May 10, 2013 | Published
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Study of the decay B^0→Λ_c^+p π^+π^- and its intermediate states


We study the decay B^0→Λ_c^+p π^+π^-, reconstructing the Λ_c^+ baryon in the pK^-π^+ mode, using a data sample of 467×10^6 BB pairs collected with the BABAR detector at the PEP-II storage rings at SLAC. We measure branching fractions for decays with intermediate Σ_c baryons to be B[B^0→Σ_c(2455)^(++)pπ^-]=(21.3±1.0±1.0±5.5)×10^(-5), B[B^0→Σ_c(2520)^(++)pπ^-]=(11.5±1.0±0.5±3.0)×10^(-5), B[B^0→Σ_c(2455)^0pπ^+]=(9.1±0.7±0.4±2.4)×10^(-5), and B[B^0→Σ_c(2520)^0pπ^+]=(2.2±0.7±0.1±0.6)×10^(-5), where the uncertainties are statistical, systematic, and due to the uncertainty on the Λ_c^+→pK^-π^+ branching fraction, respectively. For decays without Σ_c(2455) or Σ_c(2520) resonances, we measure B[B^0→Λ^c^+pπ^+π^-]_(non-)Σ_c= (79±4±4±20)×10^(-5). The total branching fraction is determined to be B[B^0→Λ_c^+pπ^+π^-]_(total)=(123±5±7±32)×10^(-5). We examine multibody mass combinations in the resonant three-particle Σ_cpπ final states and in the four-particle Λ_c^+pπ^+π^- final state, and observe different characteristics for the p π combination in neutral versus doubly charged Σ_c decays.

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© 2013 American Physical Society. Received 4 February 2013; published 10 May 2013. 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 Economía y Competitividad (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 (USA).

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