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Searches for lepton number violation and resonances in K± → πμμ decays

By J.R Batley, G. Kalmus, C. Lazzeroni, D.J. Munday, M.W. Slater, S.A. Wotton, R. Arcidiacono, G. Bocquet, N. Cabibbo, A. Ceccucci, D. Cundy, V. Falaleev, M. Fidecaro, L. Gatignon, A. Gonidec, W. Kubischta, A. Maier, K. Massri, A. Norton, M. Patel, A. Peters, S. Balev, P.L. Frabetti, E. Gersabeck, E. Goudzovski, P. Hristov, V. Kekelidze, V. Kozhuharov, L. Litov, D. Madigozhin, N. Molokanova, I. Polenkevich, Yu. Potrebenikov, S. Stoynev, A. Zinchenko, E. Monnier, E. Swallow, R. Winston, P. Rubin, A. Walker, W. Baldini, A. Cotta Ramusino, P. Dalpiaz, C. Damiani, M. Fiorini, A. Gianoli, M. Martini, F. Petrucci, M. Savrié, M. Scarpa, H. Wahl, A. Bizzeti, M. Lenti, M. Veltri, M. Calvetti, E. Celeghini, E. Iacopini, G. Ruggiero, M. Behler, K. Eppard, K. Kleinknecht, P. Marouelli, L. Masetti, U. Moosbrugger, C. Morales Morales, B. Renk, M. Wache, R. Wanke, A. Winhart, D. Coward, A. Dabrowski, T. Fonseca Martin, M. Shieh, M. Szleper, M. Velasco, M.D. Wood, P. Cenci, M. Pepe, M.C. Petrucci, G. Anzivino, E. Imbergamo, A. Nappi, M. Piccini, M. Raggi, M. Valdata-Nappi, C. Cerri, R. Fantechi, G. Collazuol, L. Dilella, G. Lamanna, I. Mannelli, A. Michetti, F. Costantini, N. Doble, L. Fiorini, S. Giudici, G. Pierazzini, M. Sozzi, S. Venditti, B. Bloch-Devaux, C. Cheshkov, J.B. Chèze, M. De Beer, J. Derré, G. Marel, E. Mazzucato, B. Peyaud, B. Vallage, M. Holder, M. Ziolkowski, C. Biino, N. Cartiglia, F. Marchetto, S. Bifani, M. Clemencic, S. Goy Lopez, H. Dibon, M. Jeitler, M. Markytan, I. Mikulec, G. Neuhofer and L. Widhalm


The NA48/2 experiment at CERN collected a large sample of charged kaon decays to final states with multiple charged particles in 2003–2004. A new upper limit on the rate of the lepton number violating decay K±→π∓μ±μ± is reported: B(K±→π∓μ±μ±)<8.6×10−11 at 90% CL. Searches for two-body resonances X in K±→πμμ decays (such as heavy neutral leptons N4 and inflatons χ) are also presented. In the absence of signals, upper limits are set on the products of branching fractions B(K±→μ±N4)B(N4→πμ) and B(K±→π±X)B(X→μ+μ−) for ranges of assumed resonance masses and lifetimes. The limits are in the (10−11,10−9) range for resonance lifetimes below 100 ps

Topics: Nuclear and High Energy Physics, lepton, kaon meson, lepton number violation, NA48
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.physletb.2017.03.029
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