Search for nucleon decay into charged antilepton plus meson in Super-Kamiokande i and II

H. Nishino, K. Abe, Y. Hayato, T. Iida, M. Ikeda, J. Kameda, Y. Koshio, M. Miura, S. Moriyama, M. Nakahata, S. Nakayama, Y. Obayashi, H. Sekiya, M. Shiozawa, Y. Suzuki, A. Takeda, Y. Takenaga, Y. Takeuchi, K. Ueno, K. UeshimaH. Watanabe, S. Yamada, S. Hazama, I. Higuchi, C. Ishihara, H. Kaji, T. Kajita, K. Kaneyuki, G. Mitsuka, K. Okumura, N. Tanimoto, F. Dufour, E. Kearns, M. Litos, J. L. Raaf, J. L. Stone, L. R. Sulak, M. Goldhaber, K. Bays, J. P. Cravens, W. R. Kropp, S. Mine, C. Regis, M. B. Smy, H. W. Sobel, K. S. Ganezer, J. Hill, W. E. Keig, J. S. Jang, J. Y. Kim, I. T. Lim, J. B. Albert, K. Scholberg, C. W. Walter, R. Wendell, T. Ishizuka, S. Tasaka, J. G. Learned, S. Matsuno, Y. Watanabe, T. Hasegawa, T. Ishida, T. Ishii, T. Kobayashi, T. Nakadaira, K. Nakamura, K. Nishikawa, Y. Oyama, K. Sakashita, T. Sekiguchi, T. Tsukamoto, A. T. Suzuki, A. Minamino, T. Nakaya, M. Yokoyama, Y. Fukuda, Y. Itow, T. Tanaka, C. K. Jung, G. Lopez, C. McGrew, C. Yanagisawa, N. Tamura, Y. Idehara, M. Sakuda, Y. Kuno, M. Yoshida, S. B. Kim, B. S. Yang, H. Okazawa, Y. Choi, H. K. Seo, Y. Furuse, K. Nishijima, Y. Yokosawa, M. Koshiba, Y. Totsuka, M. R. Vagins, S. Chen, Y. Heng, J. Liu, Z. Yang, H. Zhang, D. Kielczewska, K. Connolly, E. Thrane, R. J. Wilkes

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Searches for a nucleon decay into a charged antilepton (e + or μ +) plus a light meson (π0, π -, η, ρ0, ρ -, ω) were performed using the Super-Kamiokande I and II data. Twelve nucleon decay modes were searched for. The total exposure is 140.9kiloton•years, which includes a 91.7kiloton•year exposure (1489.2 live days) of Super-Kamiokande-I and a 49.2kiloton•year exposure (798.6 live days) of Super-Kamiokande II. The number of candidate events in the data was consistent with the atmospheric neutrino background expectation. No significant evidence for a nucleon decay was observed in the data. Thus, lower limits on the nucleon partial lifetime at 90% confidence level were obtained. The limits range from 3.6×1031 to 8.2×1033years, depending on the decay modes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112001
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 5


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