Search for heavy neutral leptons using tau lepton decays at<i> BABAR</i>

Lees, JP, Poireau, V, Tisserand, V, Grauges, E, Palano, A, Eigen, G, Brown, DN, Kolomensky, Yu G, Fritsch, M, Koch, H
et al (show 209 more authors) (2023) Search for heavy neutral leptons using tau lepton decays at<i> BABAR</i>. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 107 (5). 052009-.

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This article presents a model-independent search for an additional, mostly sterile, heavy neutral lepton (HNL), that is capable of mixing with the Standard Model τ neutrino with a mixing strength of |Uτ4|2, corresponding to the absolute square of the extended Pontecorvo-Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata matrix element. Data from the BABAR experiment, with a total integrated luminosity of 424 fb-1, are analyzed using a kinematic approach that makes no assumptions on the model behind the origins of the HNL, its lifetime or decay modes. No significant signal is found. Upper limits on |Uτ4|2 at the 95% confidence level, depend on the HNL mass hypothesis and vary from 2.31×10-2 to 5.04×10-6 (with all uncertainties considered), across the mass range 100<m4<1300 MeV/c2; the more stringent limits being placed at higher masses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 5106 Nuclear and Plasma Physics, 5107 Particle and High Energy Physics, 51 Physical Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2023 13:32
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2024 16:59
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.107.052009
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