Study of the semileptonic decay Ds+→f0(980)e+ν and implications for Bs0→J/ψf0

K. M. Ecklund, Q. He, J. Insler, H. Muramatsu, C. S. Park, E. H. Thorndike, F. Yang, M. Artuso, S. Blusk, S. Khalil, R. Mountain, K. Randrianarivony, T. Skwarnicki, S. Stone, J. C. Wang, L. M. Zhang, G. Bonvicini, D. Cinabro, A. Lincoln, M. J. SmithP. Zhou, J. Zhu, P. Naik, J. Rademacker, D. M. Asner, K. W. Edwards, J. Reed, A. N. Robichaud, G. Tatishvili, E. J. White, R. A. Briere, H. Vogel, P. U.E. Onyisi, J. L. Rosner, J. P. Alexander, D. G. Cassel, R. Ehrlich, L. Fields, L. Gibbons, S. W. Gray, D. L. Hartill, B. K. Heltsley, J. M. Hunt, D. L. Kreinick, V. E. Kuznetsov, J. Ledoux, H. Mahlke-Krüger, J. R. Patterson, D. Peterson, D. Riley, A. Ryd, A. J. Sadoff, X. Shi, S. Stroiney, W. M. Sun, J. Yelton, P. Rubin, N. Lowrey, S. Mehrabyan, M. Selen, J. Wiss, M. Kornicer, R. E. Mitchell, M. R. Shepherd, C. M. Tarbert, D. Besson, T. K. Pedlar, J. Xavier, D. Cronin-Hennessy, K. Y. Gao, J. Hietala, R. Poling, P. Zweber, S. Dobbs, Z. Metreveli, K. K. Seth, B. J.Y. Tan, A. Tomaradze, S. Brisbane, J. Libby, L. Martin, A. Powell, C. Thomas, G. Wilkinson, H. Mendez, J. Y. Ge, D. H. Miller, I. P.J. Shipsey, B. Xin, G. S. Adams, D. Hu, B. Moziak, J. Napolitano

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Using e+e-→Ds-Ds*+ and Ds*-Ds+ interactions at 4170 MeV collected with the CLEO-c detector, we investigate the semileptonic decays Ds+→f0(980)e+ν and Ds+→e+ν. By examining the decay rates as functions of the four-momentum transfer squared q2, we measure the ratio [dBdq2(Ds+→f0(980)e+ν)B(f0→π+π-)]/[dBdq2(Ds+→e+ν) B(→K+K-)] at q2 of zero to be (42±11)%. This ratio has been predicted to equal the rate ratio [B(Bs→J/ψf0)B(f0→π+π-)]/ [B(Bs→J/ψ)B(→K+K-)], thus indicating that the CP eigenstate J/ψf0 could be useful for measuring CP violation via Bs mixing. Assuming a simple pole model for the form factor |f+(q2)| in the f0e+ν decay, we find a pole mass of (1.7-0.7+4.5±0.2)GeV. We also determine the f0 mass and width as (977-9+11±1) and (91-22+30±3)MeV, respectively. In addition, we present updated results for B(Ds+→f0(980)e+ν) B(f0→π+π-)=(0.20±0.03±0.01)% and B(Ds+→e+ν)=(2. 36±0.23±0.13)%. Assuming that the f0 wave function is a combination of strange and nonstrange quark-antiquark components, we use our measurement for B(Ds+→f0(980)e+ν) to extract a value of the mixing angle that we find consistent with s̄s dominance, adding to the mystery as to why the f0 decays predominantly to two pions rather than two kaons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number052009
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 23 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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