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ISSN - 00319007, EISSN - 10797114, Physical Review Letters, 2007, vol. 99, p. -

Search for the decay B+→K+τμ±

Aubert B., Bona M., Boutigny D., Karyotakis Y., Lees J. P., Poireau V., Prudent X., Tisserand V., Zghiche A., Garra Tico J., Grauges E., Lopez L., Palano A., Pappagallo M., Eigen G., Stugu B., Sun L., Abrams G. S., Battaglia M., Brown D. N., Button-Shafer J., Cahn R. N., Groysman Y., Jacobsen R. G., Kadyk J. A., Kerth L. T., Kolomensky Yu G., Kukartsev G., Lopes Pegna D., Lynch G., Mir L. M., Orimoto T. J., Osipenkov I. L., Ronan M. T., Tackmann K., Tanabe T., Wenzel W. A., Del Amo Sanchez P., Hawkes C. M., Watson A. T., Held T., Koch H., Pelizaeus M., Schroeder T., Steinke M., Walker D., Asgeirsson D. J., Cuhadar-Donszelmann T., Fulsom B. G., Hearty C., Mattison T. S., McKenna J. A., Khan A., Saleem M., Teodorescu L., Blinov V. E., Bukin A. D., Druzhinin V. P., Golubev V. B., Onuchin A. P., Serednyakov S. I., Skovpen Yu I., Solodov E. P., Todyshev K. Yu, Bondioli M., Curry S., Eschrich I., Kirkby D., Lankford A. J., Lund P., Mandelkern M., Martin E. C., Stoker D. P., Abachi S., Buchanan C., Foulkes S. D., Gary J. W., Liu F., Long O., Shen B. C., Zhang L., Paar H. P., Rahatlou S., Sharma V., Berryhill J. W., Campagnari C., Cunha A., Dahmes B., Hong T. M., Kovalskyi D., Richman J. D., Beck T. W., Eisner A. M., Flacco C. J., Heusch C. A., Kroseberg J., Lockman W. S., Schalk T., Schumm B. A., Seiden A.

We present a search for the lepton flavor violating decay B+→K+τμ± using 383×106 BB̄ events collected by the BABAR experiment. The branching fraction for this decay can be substantially enhanced in new physics models. The kinematics of the tau from the signal B decay are inferred from the K+, μ, and other B in the event, which is fully reconstructed in one of a variety of hadronic decay modes, allowing the signal B candidate to be fully reconstructed. We observe no excess of events over the expected background and set a limit of B(B+→K+τμ)<7.7×10-5 at 90% confidence level, where the branching fraction is for the sum of the K+τ-μ+ and K+τ+μ- final states. We use this result to improve a model-independent bound on the energy scale of flavor-changing new physics. © 2007 The American Physical Society.