Friday, February 15, 2013

1302.3528 (Antonio Pineda et al.)

Improved determination of Heavy Quarkonium magnetic dipole transitions

Antonio Pineda, J. Segovia
We compute the magnetic dipole transitions between low lying Heavy Quarkonium states in a model independent way. We use the weak-coupling version of the effective field theory named potential NRQCD with the static potential exactly incorporated in the leading order Hamiltonian. The precision we reach is $k_{\gamma}^3/m^2\times{\cal O}(\alpha_s^2,v^2)$ and $k_{\gamma}^3/m^2\times{\cal O}(v^4)$ for the allowed and forbidden transitions respectively. We also resum the large logarithms associated to the heavy quark mass scale. The specific transitions considered in this paper are the following: $\Upsilon(1S) \to \eta_b(1S)\,\gamma$, $J/\psi(1S) \to \eta_c(1S)\,\gamma$, $h_b(1P) \to \chi_{b0,1}(1P)\,\gamma$, $\chi_{b2}(1P) \to h_b(1P)\,\gamma$, $\Upsilon(2S) \to \eta_b(2S)\,\gamma$, $\Upsilon(2S) \to \eta_b(1S)\,\gamma$ and $\eta_b(2S)\to\Upsilon(1S)\,\gamma$. The effect of the new power counting is found to be large and the exact treatment of the soft logarithms of the static potential makes the factorization scale dependence much smaller. The convergence for the $b\bar b$ ground state is quite good, and also quite reasonable for the $c\bar c$ ground state and the $b\bar b$ 1P state. For all of them we give solid predictions. For the 2S decays the situation is less conclusive, yet our results are perfectly consistent with existing data, as the previous disagreement with experiment for the $\Upsilon(2S) \to \eta_b(1S)\,\gamma$ decay fades away. We also profit to compute some expectation values like the electromagnetic radius, $\< r^2 \>$, or $\< p^2 \>$. We find $\< r^2 \>$ to be nicely convergent in all cases, whereas the convergence of $\< p^2 \>$ is typically worse.
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