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Measurement of the Lambda_b^0 lifetime in the exclusive decay Lambda_b^0 -> J/psi Lambda^0 in ppbar collisions at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV

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Article number112003
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>7/06/2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical Review D
Issue number11
Number of pages8
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We measure the Lambda_b^0 lifetime in the fully reconstructed decay Lambda_b^0 -> J/psi Lambda^0 using 10.4 fb^-1 of ppbar collisions collected with the D0 detector at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV. The lifetime of the topologically similar decay channel B^0 -> J/psi K^0_S is also measured. We obtain tau(Lambda_b^0) = 1.303 +- 0.075 (stat.) +- 0.035 (syst.) ps and tau(B^0) = 1.508 +- 0.025 (stat.) +- 0.043 (syst.) ps. Using these measurements, we determine the lifetime ratio of tau(Lambda_b^0)/tau(B^0) = 0.864 +- 0.052 (stat.) +- 0.033 (syst.).

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© 2012 American Physical Society Submitted to Phys. Rev. D Rapid Communications, 7 pages, 4 figures