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ISSN - 15507998, Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 2006, vol. 73, p. -

Search for the decay B+→τ+ντ

Aubert B., Barate R., Boutigny D., Couderc F., Karyotakis Y., Lees J. P., Poireau V., Tisserand V., Zghiche A., Grauges E., Palano A., Pappagallo M., Pompili A., Chen J. C., Qi N. D., Rong G., Wang P., Zhu Y. S., Eigen G., Ofte I., Stugu B., Abrams G. S., Battaglia M., Breon A. B., Brown D. N., Button-Shafer J., Cahn R. N., Charles E., Day C. T., Gill M. S., Gritsan A. V., Groysman Y., Jacobsen R. G., Kadel R. W., Kadyk J., Kerth L. T., Kolomensky Yu G., Kukartsev G., Lynch G., Mir L. M., Oddone P. J., Orimoto T. J., Pripstein M., Roe N. A., Ronan M. T., Wenzel W. A., Barrett M., Ford K. E., Harrison T. J., Hart A. J., Hawkes C. M., Morgan S. E., Watson A. T., Fritsch M., Goetzen K., Held T., Koch H., Lewandowski B., Pelizaeus M., Peters K., Schroeder T., Steinke M., Boyd J. T., Burke J. P., Chevalier N., Cottingham W. N., Cuhadar-Donszelmann T., Fulsom B. G., Hearty C., Knecht N. S., Mattison T. S., McKenna J. A., Khan A., Kyberd P., Saleem M., Teodorescu L., Blinov A. E., Blinov V. E., Bukin A. D., Druzhinin V. P., Golubev V. B., Kravchenko E. A., Onuchin A. P., Serednyakov S. I., Skovpen Yu I., Solodov E. P., Yushkov A. N., Best D., Bondioli M., Bruinsma M., Chao M., Curry S., Eschrich I., Kirkby D., Lankford A. J., Lund P., Mandelkern M., Mommsen R. K., Roethel W., Stoker D. P.

We search for the rare leptonic decay B+→τ+ντ in a sample of 232×106 BB̄ pairs collected with the BABAR detector at the SLAC PEP-II B-Factory. Signal events are selected by examining the properties of the B meson recoiling against the semileptonic decay B-→D*0-ν̄. We find no evidence for a signal and set an upper limit on the branching fraction of B(B+→τ+ντ)<2.8×10-4 at the 90% confidence level. We combine this result with a previous, statistically independent BABAR search for B+→τ+ντ to give an upper limit of B(B+→τ+ντ)<2.6×10-4 at the 90% confidence level. © 2006 The American Physical Society.