A new algorithm for identifying the flavour of B<sup>0</sup><inf>s</inf> mesons at LHCb

R. Aaij, C. Abellán Beteta, B. Adeva, M. Adinolfi, A. Affolder, Z. Ajaltouni, S. Akar, J. Albrecht, F. Alessio, M. Alexander, S. Ali, G. Alkhazov, P. Alvarez Cartelle, A. A. Alves, S. Amato, S. Amerio, Y. Amhis, L. An, L. Anderlini, G. AndreassiM. Andreotti, J. E. Andrews, R. B. Appleby, O. Aquines Gutierrez, F. Archilli, P. D'Argent, A. Artamonov, M. Artuso, E. Aslanides, G. Auriemma, M. Baalouch, S. Bachmann, J. J. Back, A. Badalov, C. Baesso, W. Baldini, R. J. Barlow, C. Barschel, S. Barsuk, W. Barter, V. Batozskaya, V. Battista, A. Bay, L. Beaucourt, J. Beddow, F. Bedeschi, I. Bediaga, L. J. Bel, V. Bellee, N. Belloli, I. Belyaev, E. Ben-Haim, G. Bencivenni, S. Benson, J. Benton, A. Berezhnoy, R. Bernet, A. Bertolin, F. Betti, M. O. Bettler, M. Van Beuzekom, S. Bifani, P. Billoir, T. Bird, A. Birnkraut, A. Bizzeti, T. Blake, F. Blanc, J. Blouw, S. Blusk, V. Bocci, A. Bondar, N. Bondar, W. Bonivento, A. Borgheresi, S. Borghi, M. Borisyak, M. Borsato, T. J.V. Bowcock, E. Bowen, C. Bozzi, S. Braun, M. Britsch, T. Britton, J. Brodzicka, N. H. Brook, E. Buchanan, C. Burr, A. Bursche, J. Buytaert, S. Cadeddu

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Abstract

A new algorithm for the determination of the initial flavour of B 0 s mesons is presented. The algorithm is based on two neural networks and exploits the b hadron production mechanism at a hadron collider. The first network is trained to select charged kaons produced in association with the B0 s meson. The second network combines the kaon charges to assign the B0 s flavour and estimates the probability of a wrong assignment. The algorithm is calibrated using data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3 fb -1 collected by the LHCb experiment in protonproton collisions at 7 and 8 TeV centre-of-mass energies. The calibration is performed in two ways: by resolving the B 0 sB 0 s flavour oscillations in B 0 s →D - s φ + decays, and by analysing flavour-specific B∗ s2 (5840) 0→ B +K - decays. The tagging power measured in B 0 s → D - s φ + decays is found to be (1:80 ± 0:19 (stat) ± 0:18 (syst))%, which is an improvement of about 50% compared to a similar algorithm previously used in the LHCb experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberP05010
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Instrumentation

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