Contribution of b → sgg through the QCD anomaly in exclusive decays B± → (η′,η)(K±,K* ±) and B0 → (η′,η)(K0,K* 0)

A. Ali, J. Chay, C. Greub, P. Ko

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We compute the decay rates for the exclusive decays B± → (η′,η)(K±,K* ±) and B0 → (η′,η)(K0,K* 0) in a QCD-improved factorization framework by including the contribution from the process b → sgg → s(η′,η) through the QCD anomaly. This method provides an alternative estimate of the contribution b → scc̄ → s(η′,η) to these decays as compared to the one using the intrinsic charm content of the η′ and η mesons determined through the decays J/ψ → (η,η′,ηc)γ. The advantage of computing the relevant matrix elements via the QCD anomaly governing the transition gg → (η′,η) is that there is no sign ambiguity in these contributions relative to the matrix elements from the rest of the operators in the weak effective Hamiltonian. Numerically, the QCD anomaly method and the one using the radiative decays J/ψ → (η,η′,ηc)γ give similar branching ratios for the decays of interest here. The resulting branching ratios are compared with the CLEO data on B± → η′K± and B0 → η′K0 and predictions are made for the rest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-174
Number of pages14
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Apr 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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