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Published March 8, 2011 | Published
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Measurements of branching fractions, polarizations, and direct CP-violation asymmetries in B^+ → ρ^0K^(*+) and B^+ → f_0 (980)K^(*+) decays


We present measurements of the branching fractions, longitudinal polarization, and direct CP-violation asymmetries for the decays B^+→ρ^0K^(*+) and B^+→f_0(980)K^(*+) with a sample of (467±5)×10^6BB̅ pairs collected with the BABAR detector at the PEP-II asymmetric-energy e+e- collider at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. We observe B+→ρ0K*+ with a significance of 5.3σ and measure the branching fraction B(B^+→ρ^0K^(*+))=(4.6±1.0±0.4)×10^(-6), the longitudinal polarization f_L=0.78±0.12±0.03, and the CP-violation asymmetry A_(CP)=0.31±0.13±0.03. We observe B^+→f_0(980)K^(*+) and measure the branching fraction B(B^+→f_0(980)K^(*+))×B(f_0(980)→π^+π^-)=(4.2±0.6±0.3)×10^(-6) and the CP-violation asymmetry A_(CP)=-0.15±0.12±0.03. The first uncertainty quoted is statistical and the second is systematic.

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© 2011 American Physical Society. Received 22 December 2010; published 8 March 2011. We are grateful for the excellent luminosity and machine conditions provided by our PEP-II colleagues, and for the substantial dedicated effort from the computing organizations that support BABAR. The collaborating institutions wish to thank SLAC for its support and kind hospitality. This work is supported by DOE and NSF (USA), NSERC (Canada), CEA and CNRS-IN2P3 (France), BMBF and DFG (Germany), INFN (Italy), FOM (The Netherlands), NFR (Norway), MES (Russia), MICIIN (Spain), and STFC (United Kingdom). Individuals have received support from the Marie Curie EIF (European Union), the A. P. Sloan Foundation (USA) and the Binational Science Foundation (USA-Israel).

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