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Published June 5, 2013 | Published
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Search for B → K^(*)vv and invisible quarkonium decays


We search for the flavor-changing neutral-current decays B→K^(*)νν, and the invisible decays J/ψ→νν and ψ(2S)→νν via B→K^(*)J/ψ and B→K^(*)ψ(2S), respectively, using a data sample of 471×10^6 BB pairs collected by the BABAR experiment. We fully reconstruct the hadronic decay of one of the B mesons in the Υ(4S)→BB decay, and search for the B→K^(*)νν decay in the rest of the event. We observe no significant excess of signal decays over background and report branching fraction upper limits of B(B^+→K^+νν)<3.7×10^(-5), B(B^0→K^0νν)<8.1×10^(-5), B(B^+→K^(*+)νν)<11.6×10^(-5), B(B^0→K^(*0)νν)<9.3×10^(-5), and combined upper limits of B(B→Kνν)<3.2×10-5 and B(B→K^*νν)<7.9×10^(-5), all at the 90% confidence level. For the invisible quarkonium decays, we report branching fraction upper limits of B(J/ψ→νv)<3.9×10^(-3) and B(ψ(2S)→νν)<15.5×10^(-3) at the 90% confidence level. Using the improved kinematic resolution achieved from hadronic reconstruction, we also provide partial branching fraction limits for the B→K^(*)νν decays over the full kinematic spectrum.

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© 2013 American Physical Society. Received 1 April 2013; published 5 June 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 U.S. 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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