Z -boson decays to a vector quarkonium plus a photon

Geoffrey T. Bodwin, Hee Sok Chung, June Haak Ee, Jungil Lee

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We compute the decay rates for the processes Z→V+γ, where Z is the Z-boson, γ is the photon, and V is one of the vector quarkonia J/ψ or (nS), with n=1, 2, or 3. Our computations include corrections through relative orders αs and v2 and resummations of logarithms of mZ2/mQ2, to all orders in αs, at next-to-leading-logarithmic accuracy. (v is the velocity of the heavy quark Q or the heavy antiquark Q̄ in the quarkonium rest frame, and mZ and mQ are the masses of Z and Q, respectively.) Our calculations are the first to include both the order-αs correction to the light-cone distributions amplitude and the resummation of logarithms of mZ2/mQ2 and are the first calculations for the (2S) and (3S) final states. The resummations of logarithms of mZ2/mQ2 that are associated with the order-αs and order-v2 corrections are carried out by making use of the Abel-Padé method. We confirm the analytic result for the order-v2 correction that was presented in a previous publication, and we correct the relative sign of the direct and indirect amplitudes and some choices of scales in that publication. Our branching fractions for Z→J/ψ+γ and Z→(1S)+γ differ by 2.0σ and -4.0σ, respectively, from the branching fractions that are given in the most recent publication on this topic (in units of the uncertainties that are given in that publication). However, we argue that the uncertainties in the rates are underestimated in that publication.

Original languageEnglish
Article number016009
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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