A search for nucleon decay into two-body final states containing K0 mesons has been conducted using the 963 metric ton Soudan 2 iron tracking calorimeter. The topologies, ionizations, and kinematics of contained events recorded in a 5.52 kiloton-year total exposure (4.41 kton-year fiducial volume exposure) are examined for compatibility with nucleon decays in an iron medium. For proton decay into the fully visible final states μ+KS0 and e+KS0, zero and one event candidates are observed respectively. The lifetime lower limits (τ/B) thus implied are 1.5×1032 yr and 1.2×1032 yr, respectively. Lifetime lower limits are also reported for proton decay into l+K10, and for neutron decay into vKS0.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2000|