On the new physics reach of the decay mode B̄d → k̄*0 l+l-

Ulrik Egede, Tobias Hurth, Joaquim Matias, Marc Ramon, Will Reece

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We present a complete method to construct QCD-protected observables based on the exclusive 4-body B-meson decay B̄d → 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 AFB. They also have a higher sensitivity to specific new physics scenarios compared to observables such as AFB. Moreover, we critically examine the new physics reach of CP-violating observables via a complete error analysis due to scale dependences, form factors and λQCD/mb corrections. We have developed an ensemble method to evaluate the error on observables from λQCD/mb 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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number56
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • B-physics
  • Beyond standard model
  • CP violation
  • Rare decays

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