We have searched for lepton flavor violating semileptonic τ- decays using a data sample of 153.8 fb-1 accumulated with the Belle detector at the KEKB e+e- collider. For the six decay modes studied, the observed yield is compatible with the estimated background and the following upper limits are set at the 90% confidence level: B(τ-→e-η)<2.3×10-7, B(τ-→μ-η)<1.5×10-7, B(τ-→e-π0)<1.9×10-7, B(τ-→μ-π0)<4.1×10-7, B(τ-→e-η′) <10×10-7, and B(τ-→μ-η′)<4.7×10-7. These results are 10 to 64 times more restrictive than previous limits.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Sep 1|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We thank the KEKB group for the excellent operation of the accelerator, the KEK cryogenics group for the efficient operation of the solenoid, and the KEK computer group and the National Institute of Informatics for valuable computing and Super-SINET network support. We are grateful to A. Ilakovac for fruitful discussions. We acknowledge support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the Australian Research Council and the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training; the National Science Foundation of China under contract No. 10175071; the Department of Science and Technology of India; the BK21 program of the Ministry of Education of Korea and the CHEP SRC program of the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation; the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research under contract No. 2P03B 01324; the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation; the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia; the Swiss National Science Foundation; the National Science Council and the Ministry of Education of Taiwan; and the US Department of Energy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics