Measurements of the branching fractions of Λ c + → pπ π +, Λ c + → pKK+, and Λ c + → pπ K+

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The ratios of the branching fractions of the decays Λc + → pππ+, Λc + → pKK+, and Λc + → pπK+ with respect to the Cabibbo-favoured Λc + → pKπ+ decay are measured using proton-proton collision data collected with the LHCb experiment at a 7 TeV centre-of-mass energy and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0 fb−1:ℬ(Λc+→p+)ℬ(Λc+→pK−π+)=(7.44±0.08±0.18)%,ℬ(Λc+→pK−K+)ℬ(Λc+→pK−π+)=(1.70±0.03±0.03)%ℬ(Λc+→pπ−K+)ℬ(Λc+→pK−π+)=(0.165±0.015±0.005)%,where the uncertainties are statistical and systematic, respectively. These results are the most precise measurements of these quantities to date. When multiplied by the world-average value for ℬ(Λc+→pK−π+), the corresponding branching fractions areℬ(Λc+→p+)=(4.72±0.05±0.11±0.25)×10−3,ℬ(Λc+→pK−K+)=(1.08±0.02±0.02±0.06)×10−3,ℬ(Λc+→pπ−K+)=(1.04±0.09±0.03±0.05)×10−4,where the final uncertainty is due to ℬ(Λc+→pK−π+).[Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Article number43
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


We express our gratitude to our colleagues in the CERN accelerator departments for the excellent performance of the LHC. We thank the technical and administrative staff at the LHCb institutes. We acknowledge support from CERN and from the national agencies: CAPES, CNPq, FAPERJ and FINEP (Brazil); MOST and NSFC (China); CNRS/IN2P3 (France); BMBF, DFG and MPG (Germany); INFN (Italy); NWO (The Netherlands); MNiSW and NCN (Poland); MEN/IFA (Romania); MinES and FASO (Russia); MinECo (Spain); SNSF and SER (Switzerland); NASU (Ukraine); STFC (United Kingdom); NSF (U.S.A.). We acknowledge the computing resources that are provided by CERN, IN2P3 (France), KIT and DESY (Germany), INFN (Italy), SURF (The Netherlands), PIC (Spain), GridPP (United Kingdom), RRCKI and Yandex LLC (Russia), CSCS (Switzerland), IFIN-HH (Romania), CBPF (Brazil), PL-GRID (Poland) and OSC (U.S.A.). We are indebted to the communities behind the multiple open-source software packages on which we depend. Individual groups or members have received support from AvH Foundation (Germany), EPLANET, Marie Sklo dowska-Curie Actions and ERC (European Union), ANR, Labex P2IO, ENIGMASS and OCEVU, and Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France), RFBR and Yandex LLC (Russia), GVA, XuntaGal and GENCAT (Spain), Herchel Smith Fund, the Royal Society, the English-Speaking Union and the Leverhulme Trust (United Kingdom).

FundersFunder number
Not addedST/N000250/1, 1681016, ST/K003410/1, 1796908, ST/H006737/1, ST/N000463/1, ST/N000455/1, ST/L003163/1, ST/N000242/1
Herchel Smith Fund
Marie Sklo dowska-Curie Actions
Yandex LLC
National Science Foundation
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
Science and Technology Facilities CouncilST/J004332/1, LHCb, LHCb Upgrades
Leverhulme Trust
Royal Society
English-Speaking Union
European Commission
European Research Council
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung166208
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Russian Foundation for Basic Research
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Generalitat Valenciana
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
Narodowe Centrum Nauki
Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego
Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos
Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Institut national de physique nucléaire et de physique des particules
Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations
Sociedad Española de Reumatología


    • Branching fraction
    • Charm physics
    • Flavor physics
    • Hadron-Hadron scattering (experiments)
    • Spectroscopy


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