Search for rare and forbidden dilepton decays of the D+, Ds+, and D0 charmed mesons

E. M. Aitala*, S. Amato, J. C. Anjos, J. A. Appel, D. Ashery, S. Banerjee, I. Bediaga, G. Blaylock, S. B. Bracker, P. R. Burchat, R. A. Burnstein, T. Carter, H. S. Carvalho, N. K. Copty, L. M. Cremaldi, C. Darling, K. Denisenko, S. Devmal, A. Fernandez, G. F. FoxP. Gagnon, C. Gobel, K. Gounder, A. M. Halling, G. Herrera, G. Hurvits, C. James, P. A. Kasper, S. Kwan, D. C. Langs, J. Leslie, B. Lundberg, J. Magnin, S. MayTal-Beck, B. Meadows, J. R.T. De Mello Neto, D. Mihalcea, R. H. Milburn, J. M. De Miranda, A. Napier, A. Nguyen, A. B. D'Oliveira, K. O'Shaughnessy, K. C. Peng, L. P. Perera, M. V. Purohit, B. Quinn, S. Radeztsky, A. Rafatian, N. W. Reay, J. J. Reidy, A. C. Dos Reis, H. A. Rubin, D. A. Sanders, A. K.S. Santha, A. F.S. Santoro, A. J. Schwartz, M. Sheaff, R. A. Sidwell, A. J. Slaughter, M. D. Sokoloff, J. Solano, N. R. Stanton, R. J. Stefanski, K. Stenson, D. J. Summers, S. Takach, K. Thorne, A. K. Tripathi, S. Watanabe, R. Weiss-Babai, J. Wiener, N. Witchey, E. Wolin, S. M. Yang, D. Yi, S. Yoshida, R. Zaliznyak, C. Zhang

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We report the results of a search for flavor-changing neutral current, lepton-flavor violating, and lepton-number violating decays of D+, Ds+, and D0 mesons (and their antiparticles) into modes containing muons and electrons. Using data from Fermilab charm hadroproduction experiment E791, we examine the πℓℓ and Kℓℓ decay modes of D+ and DS+ and the ℓ+- decay modes of D0. No evidence for any of these decays is found. Therefore, we present branching-fraction upper limits at 90% confidence level for the 24 decay modes examined. Eight of these modes have no previously reported limits, and fourteen are reported with significant improvements over previously published results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-409
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1999


FundersFunder number
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientı́fico e Tecnológico
Universities Research Association, Inc.
National Science Foundation
U.S. Department of Energy
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología
Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities


    • Charm
    • Decay
    • Dilepton
    • Forbidden
    • Rare


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