TY - JOUR

T1 - On the new physics reach of the decay mode B̄ d → k̄ *0 l +l -

AU - Egede, Ulrik

AU - Hurth, Tobias

AU - Matias, Joaquim

AU - Ramon, Marc

AU - Reece, Will

PY - 2010/12/8

Y1 - 2010/12/8

N2 - We present a complete method to construct QCD-protected observables based on the exclusive 4-body B-meson decay B̄ d → K̄ *0l +l - in the low dilepton mass region. The core of the method is the requirement that the constructed quantities should fulfil the symmetries of the angular distribution. We have identified all symmetries of the angular distribution in the limit of massless leptons and explore: a new non-trivial relation between the coefficients of the angular distribution, the possibility to fully solve the system for the K * amplitudes, and the construction of non-trivial observables. We also present a phenomenological analysis of the new physics sensitivity of angular observables in the decay based on QCD factorisation. We further analyse the CP-conserving observables, A (2)T, A (3)T and A (4)T. They are practically free of theoretical uncertainties due to the soft form factors for the full range of dilepton masses rather than just at a single point as for A FB. They also have a higher sensitivity to specific new physics scenarios compared to observables such as A FB. Moreover, we critically examine the new physics reach of CP-violating observables via a complete error analysis due to scale dependences, form factors and λ QCD/m b corrections. We have developed an ensemble method to evaluate the error on observables from λ QCD/m b corrections. Finally, we explore the experimental prospects of CP-violating observables and find that they are rather limited. Indeed, the CP-conserving (averaged) observables A (i)T (with i = 2,3,4) will offer a better sensitivity to large CP phases and may be more suitable for experimental analysis.

AB - We present a complete method to construct QCD-protected observables based on the exclusive 4-body B-meson decay B̄ d → K̄ *0l +l - in the low dilepton mass region. The core of the method is the requirement that the constructed quantities should fulfil the symmetries of the angular distribution. We have identified all symmetries of the angular distribution in the limit of massless leptons and explore: a new non-trivial relation between the coefficients of the angular distribution, the possibility to fully solve the system for the K * amplitudes, and the construction of non-trivial observables. We also present a phenomenological analysis of the new physics sensitivity of angular observables in the decay based on QCD factorisation. We further analyse the CP-conserving observables, A (2)T, A (3)T and A (4)T. They are practically free of theoretical uncertainties due to the soft form factors for the full range of dilepton masses rather than just at a single point as for A FB. They also have a higher sensitivity to specific new physics scenarios compared to observables such as A FB. Moreover, we critically examine the new physics reach of CP-violating observables via a complete error analysis due to scale dependences, form factors and λ QCD/m b corrections. We have developed an ensemble method to evaluate the error on observables from λ QCD/m b corrections. Finally, we explore the experimental prospects of CP-violating observables and find that they are rather limited. Indeed, the CP-conserving (averaged) observables A (i)T (with i = 2,3,4) will offer a better sensitivity to large CP phases and may be more suitable for experimental analysis.

KW - B-physics

KW - Beyond standard model

KW - CP violation

KW - Rare decays

U2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP10(2010)056

DO - https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP10(2010)056

M3 - Article

SN - 1126-6708

VL - 2010

JO - Journal of High Energy Physics

JF - Journal of High Energy Physics

IS - 10

M1 - 056

ER -