Search for the doubly charmed baryon \(\Xi_{cc}^+\)

Abstract

A search for the doubly charmed baryon \(\Xi_{cc}^+\) is performed through its decay to the \(\Lambda_c^ + {K^ -}{\pi ^ +}\) final state, using proton-proton collision data collected with the LHCb detector at centre-of-mass energies of 7, 8 and 13 TeV. The data correspond to a total integrated luminosity of 9 fb−1. No significant signal is observed in the mass range from 3.4 to 3.8 GeV/c2. Upper limits are set at 95% credibility level on the ratio of the \(\Xi_{cc}^+\) production cross-section times the branching fraction to that of \(\Lambda_c^ + \) and \(\Xi_{cc}^{+ +}\) baryons. The limits are determined as functions of the \(\Xi_{cc}^+\) mass for different lifetime hypotheses, in the rapidity range from 2.0 to 4.5 and the transverse momentum range from 4 to 15 GeV/c.

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