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Observation of doubly charmed B decays at LEP

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/1998
<mark>Journal</mark>The European Physical Journal C (EPJ C) - Particles and Fields
Issue number3
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)387-407
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A search for doubly-charmed B decays with both charmed mesons reconstructed is performed, using about 3.8 million hadronic Z decays recorded with the ALEPH detector at LEP. A clear signal is observed in the channels B→DsD¯(X) and B→DD¯(X) (where D can be either a D 0 , a D + or a D ∗+ ), providing the first direct evidence for doubly-charmed B decays involving no Ds production. Evidence for associated K0S and K± production in the decays B→DD¯(X) is also presented and some candidates for completely reconstructed decays B→DsD¯(nπ) , B→DD¯K0S and B→DD¯K± are observed. Furthermore, candidates for the two-body Cabibbo suppressed decays B0→D∗−D∗+ and B−→D(∗)0D(∗)− are also observed. Measurements of the corresponding branching fractions are extracted.