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High statistics measurement of the K+ -> pi0 e+ nu branching ratio

Author

E865 Collaboration | Brookhaven National Laboratory |

Year

2003

Scientific journal

Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 261802

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Abstract

E865 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory AGS collected about 70 000 Ke3+ events to measure the Ke3+ branching ratio relative to the observed K+→π+π0, K+→π0μ+ν, and K+→π+π0π0 decays. The π0 in all the decays was detected using the e+e- pair from π0→e+e-γ decay and no photons were required. Using the 2002 Particle Data Group branching ratios for the normalization decays, we obtain BR(Ke3(γ)+)=(5.13±0.02stat±0.09syst±0.04norm)%, where Ke3(γ)+ includes the effect of virtual and real photons. This result is ≈2.3σ higher than the current Particle Data Group value. Implications for the Vus element of the CKM matrix, and the matrix’s unitarity are discussed.

Cite article as:

. E865 Collaboration, "High statistics measurement of the K+ -> pi0 e+ nu branching ratio", Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 261802 (2003)

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