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Test of lepton flavour universality in beauty-quark decays

Test of lepton flavour universality in beauty-quark decays

  • Date 09 Jun 2021
  • Time 15.30 - 16.30
  • Category Seminar

Razvan-Daniel Moise (Imperial College London)

Recent measurements of b-hadron decays involving leptons are in tension with the Standard Model (SM). They are known as flavour anomalies, and they diverge by as much as three standard deviations from their SM predictions. There are various new physics scenarios (e.g. leptoquarks) that can explain the anomalies in a coherent fashion.
Although some tensions could be due to theory uncertainties, certain observables are immune to such ambiguities. One of these observables is the branching fraction ratio
RK = BR(B±→K±𝜇+𝜇–)/BR(B±→K±e+e–), whose sensitivity to lepton flavour universality leads to a very clean theoretical prediction. This talk will cover the currently most precise measurement of RK, based on the proton-proton collision data collected by the LHCb experiment thus far.

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