Sensitivity bounds on heavy neutrino mixing |UμN |2 and |UτN |2 from LHCb upgrade

Gorazd Cvetič, C. S. Kim

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Decays of heavy pseudoscalar mesons B, Bc, Bs, and Ds at the LHCb upgrade are considered, which produce either two equal sign muons or taus. In addition, we consider the analogous decays with opposite sign muons or taus. All these decays are considered to be mediated by a heavy on-shell neutrino N. Such decays of B mesons, if not detected, will give, in general, stringent upper bounds on the heavy-light mixing parameter |UμN|2 as a function of the neutrino mass MN∼1 GeV, principally due to the large expected number of produced mesons B. While some of the decays of the other mentioned mesons are attractive due to a weaker Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa suppression, the expected produced number of such mesons is significantly smaller that of B's; therefore, the sensitivity bounds from such decays are, in general, comparable or less restrictive. When τ pairs are produced, only two types of such decays are significant: B±, Bc±→τ±τ±π (and τ±τπ±), giving us stringent upper bounds on |UτN|2; the other decays with a pair of τ, such as B0→D(∗)-τ+τ+π- (and D(∗)-τ+τ-π+), are prohibited or very suppressed by kinematics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015014
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 11

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work of G. C. was supported in part by FONDECYT (Chile) Grant No. 1180344; the work of C. S. K. was supported in part by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (MSIP) (NRF-2018R1A4A1025334). We thank Sheldon L. Stone for providing us with valuable information on the LHCb upgrade experiment.

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© 2019 authors. Published by the American Physical Society.

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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