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Search for K+ decays to a muon and invisible particles

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Article number136259
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/05/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume816
Number of pages10
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date30/03/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The NA62 experiment at CERN reports searches for K+→μ+N and K+→μ+νX decays, where N and X are massive invisible particles, using the 2016–2018 data set. The N particle is assumed to be a heavy neutral lepton, and the results are expressed as upper limits of O(10−8) of the neutrino mixing parameter |Uμ4|2 for N masses in the range 200–384 MeV/c2 and lifetime exceeding 50 ns. The X particle is considered a scalar or vector hidden sector mediator decaying to an invisible final state, and upper limits of the decay branching fraction for X masses in the range 10–370 MeV/c2 are reported for the first time, ranging from O(10−5) to O(10−7). An improved upper limit of 1.0×10−6 is established at 90% CL on the K+→μ+ννν¯ branching fraction.