New limit on the lepton-flavor-violating decay μ+→e +γ

J. Adam, X. Bai, A. M. Baldini, E. Baracchini, C. Bemporad, G. Boca, P. W. Cattaneo, G. Cavoto, F. Cei, C. Cerri, A. De Bari, M. De Gerone, T. Doke, S. Dussoni, J. Egger, K. Fratini, Y. Fujii, L. Galli, G. Gallucci, F. GattiB. Golden, M. Grassi, D. N. Grigoriev, T. Haruyama, M. Hildebrandt, Y. Hisamatsu, F. Ignatov, T. Iwamoto, P. R. Kettle, B. I. Khazin, O. Kiselev, A. Korenchenko, N. Kravchuk, A. Maki, S. Mihara, W. Molzon, T. Mori, D. Mzavia, H. Natori, D. Nicolò, H. Nishiguchi, Y. Nishimura, W. Ootani, M. Panareo, A. Papa, R. Pazzi, G. Piredda, A. Popov, F. Renga, S. Ritt, M. Rossella, R. Sawada, F. Sergiampietri, G. Signorelli, S. Suzuki, F. Tenchini, C. Topchyan, Y. Uchiyama, R. Valle, C. Voena, F. Xiao, S. Yamada, A. Yamamoto, S. Yamashita, Yu V. Yudin, D. Zanello

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Abstract

We present a new result based on an analysis of the data collected by the MEG detector at the Paul Scherrer Institut in 2009 and 2010, in search of the lepton-flavor-violating decay μ+→e+γ. The likelihood analysis of the combined data sample, which corresponds to a total of 1.8×1014 muon decays, gives a 90% C.L. upper limit of 2.4×10 -12 on the branching ratio of the μ+→e +γ decay, constituting the most stringent limit on the existence of this decay to date.

Original languageEnglish
Article number171801
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume107
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct 17
Externally publishedYes

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    Adam, J., Bai, X., Baldini, A. M., Baracchini, E., Bemporad, C., Boca, G., Cattaneo, P. W., Cavoto, G., Cei, F., Cerri, C., De Bari, A., De Gerone, M., Doke, T., Dussoni, S., Egger, J., Fratini, K., Fujii, Y., Galli, L., Gallucci, G., ... Zanello, D. (2011). New limit on the lepton-flavor-violating decay μ+→e +γ. Physical review letters, 107(17), [171801]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.171801