Precise measurement of the K+- ---> pi+-e+e- decay

The NA48/2 collaboration Batley, J.R. ; Culling, A.J. ; Kalmus, G. ; et al.
Phys.Lett. B677 (2009) 246-254, 2009.
Inspire Record 815724 DOI 10.17182/hepdata.35365

A sample of 7253 $K^\pm\to\pi^\pm e^+e^-(\gamma)$ decay candidates with 1.0% background contamination has been collected by the NA48/2 experiment at the CERN SPS, allowing a precise measurement of the decay properties. The branching ratio in the full kinematic range was measured to be ${\rm BR}=(3.11\pm0.12)\times 10^{-7}$, where the uncertainty includes also the model dependence. The shape of the form factor $W(z)$, where $z=(M_{ee}/M_K)^2$, was parameterized according to several models, and, in particular, the slope $\delta$ of the linear form factor $W(z)=W_0(1+\delta z)$ was determined to be $\delta=2.32\pm0.18$. A possible CP violating asymmetry of $K^+$ and $K^-$ decay widths was investigated, and a conservative upper limit of $2.1\times 10^{-2}$ at 90% CL was established.

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The $d\Gamma_{\pi ee}/dz$ spectrum (background subtracted, corrected for trigger efficiency). Systematic errors, notably the external one due to the branching ratios of the normalization decay mode according to PDG 2008, are not included.


New measurement of the K+- --> pi+-mu+mu- decay

The NA48/2 collaboration Batley, J.R. ; Kalmus, G. ; Lazzeroni, C. ; et al.
Phys.Lett. B697 (2011) 107-115, 2011.
Inspire Record 878312 DOI 10.17182/hepdata.69636

A sample of 3120 $K^\pm\to\pi^\pm\mu^+\mu^-$ decay candidates with $(3.3\pm0.7)%$ background contamination has been collected by the NA48/2 experiment at the CERN SPS, allowing a detailed study of the decay properties. The branching ratio was measured to be ${\rm BR}=(9.62\pm0.25)\times 10^{-8}$. The form factor $W(z)$, where $z=(M_{\mu\mu}/M_K)^2$, was parameterized according to several models. In particular, the slope of the linear form factor $W(z)=W_0(1+\delta z)$ was measured to be $\delta=3.11\pm0.57$. Upper limits of $2.9\times 10^{-2}$ and $2.3\times 10^{-2}$ on possible charge asymmetry and forward-backward asymmetry were established at 90% CL. An upper limit ${\rm BR}(K^\pm\to\pi^\mp\mu^\pm\mu^\pm)<1.1\times 10^{-9}$ was established at 90% CL for the rate of the lepton number violating decay.

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The $d\Gamma_{\pi\mu\mu}/dz$ spectrum (background subtracted, corrected for trigger efficiency). Systematic errors, notably the external one due to the branching ratios of the normalization decay mode $K^\pm\to 3\pi^\pm$ according to PDG 2010, are not included.


Search for the dark photon in $\pi^0$ decays

The NA48/2 collaboration Batley, J.R. ; Kalmus, G. ; Lazzeroni, C. ; et al.
Phys.Lett. B746 (2015) 178-185, 2015.
Inspire Record 1357601 DOI 10.17182/hepdata.67658

A sample of $1.69\times 10^7$ fully reconstructed $\pi^0\to\gamma e^+e^-$ decay candidates collected by the NA48/2 experiment at CERN in 2003--2004 is analysed to search for the dark photon ($A'$) production in the $\pi^0\to\gamma A'$ decay followed by the prompt $A'\to e^+e^-$ decay. No signal is observed, and an exclusion region in the plane of the dark photon mass $m_{A'}$ and mixing parameter $\varepsilon^2$ is established. The obtained upper limits on $\varepsilon^2$ are more stringent than the previous limits in the mass range $9~{\rm MeV}/c^2<m_{A'}<70~{\rm MeV}/c^2$. The NA48/2 sensitivity to the dark photon production in the $K^\pm\to\pi^\pm A'$ decay is also evaluated.

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The obtained 90% CL upper limits (ULs) on the mixing parameter $\epsilon^2$ for each dark photon (DP) mass hypothesis tested.