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

Observation of the decay B+→K+K-π+

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 report the observation of charmless hadronic decays of charged B mesons to the final state K+K-π+. Using a data sample of 347.5fb-1 collected at the Υ(4S) resonance with the BABAR detector, we observe 429±43 signal events with a significance of 9.6σ. We measure the inclusive branching fraction B(B+→K+K-π+)=[5.0±0.5(stat)±0.5(syst)]×10- 6. Inspection of the Dalitz plot of signal candidates shows a broad structure peaking near 1.5GeV/c2 in the K+K- invariant mass distribution. We find the direct CP asymmetry to be consistent with zero. © 2007 The American Physical Society.