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[Riken Seminar] $Λ_b \to Λ^*(1520)\ell^+\ell^-$ form factors from lattice QCD

by Gumaro Rendon (BNL)




We present the first lattice QCD determination of the $\Lambda_b \to \Lambda^*(1520)$ vector, axial vector, and tensor form factors that are relevant for the rare decays $\Lambda_b \to \Lambda^*(1520)\ell^+\ell^-$. The lattice calculation is performed in the $\Lambda^*(1520)$ rest frame with nonzero $\Lambda_b$ momenta, and is limited to the high-$q^2$ region. An interpolating field with covariant derivatives is used to obtain good overlap with the $\Lambda^*(1520)$. The analysis treats the $\Lambda^*(1520)$ as a stable particle, which is expected to be a reasonable approximation for this narrow resonance. A domain-wall action is used for the light and strange quarks, while the $b$ quark is implemented with an anisotropic clover action with coefficients tuned to produce the correct $B_s$ kinetic mass, rest mass, and hyperfine splitting. We use three different ensembles of lattice gauge-field configurations generated by the RBC and UKQCD collaborations, and perform extrapolations of the form factors to the continuum limit and physical pion mass. We give Standard-Model predictions for the $\Lambda_b \to \Lambda^*(1520)\ell^+\ell^-$ differential branching fraction and angular observables in the high-$q^2$ region.