E2 strength in the radiative charmed baryon decay ∑c∗ → Λcγ

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  • 2 February 1995

    Physics Letters B 345 ( 1995 ) 6 l-66


    E2 strength in the radiative charmed baryon decay IZr --+ A,y * Martin J. Savage

    Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA lS213, USA

    Received 21 August 1994 Editor: H. Georgi


    The radiative decay Et, -+ ll~y can have both magnetic dipole (Ml) and electric quadrupole (E2) components. In the heavy quark limit b!fQ + 00 the transition arises from the spin of the light degrees of freedom changing from SI = 1 to SI = 0 and hence the E2 contribution vanishes. We compute the leading contribution to the E2 strength in chiral perturbation theory and find that the amplitude is enhanced by a small energy denominator in the chiral limit. This enhancement essentially compensates for the l/MC suppression that is present in the charm system. We find a mixing ratio of order a few percent dependent upon the Z,-ST spin symmetry breaking mass difference. The analogous quantity in the b-baryon sector is smaller by a factor of N MC/Mb.

    It has recently been shown that the leading contribution to the electric quadrupole (E2) strength of a radiative transition between light baryons, such as A -+ Ny, can be computed in chiral perturbation theory [ 11. It was found that such matrix elements are enhanced in the chiral limit by factors of N log (mi/Ai) (where A, is the chiral symmetry breaking scale) giving mixing ratios (ratio of E2 to Ml matrix elements) typically of order a few percent.

    The situation is somewhat more complicated for transitions between baryons containing a single heavy quark. In the limit that the heavy quark mass is infinitely greater than the scale of strong interactions ( MQ > A,D) the lowest lying baryons containing one heavy quark can be classified by the spin of the light degrees of freedom. In the charm systems, the 3 of charmed baryons (A,, EL and $s) have the light degrees of freedom in a spin zero configuration ( SI = 0) while the 6(*) of charmed baryons (XC++(*) , ZC+(*) , Xz(*), Es(*), Es(*) and Rz(*) ) have the light degrees of freedom in a spin one configuration ( SI = 1) .

    The radiative decay X5 -+ Apy (Q = c, b) involves a J = i state with SI = 1 decaying into a J = 1 state with s[ = 0. The heavy quark is a spectator during the transition and the decay proceeds entirely through the change of spin of the light degrees of freedom, allowing only magnetic dipole (Ml) radiation. It is clear that any E2 radiation can only arise from finite mass effects of the heavy quark. Naively this suggests that the E2/Ml mixing ratio 6 will be much smaller in heavy baryons than the corresponding quantity in the light baryon sector. However, we will show that in fact the E2 matrix element is enhanced by a small energy denominator in the chiral limit that essentially compensates for the l/MC suppression in the charmed baryon sector. A thorough

    *Work supported in part by the Department of Energy under contract DE-FGO2-91ER40682.

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    investigation of the Ml radiative decays of charmed baryons can be found in [2,3] but there has been no discussion of the contribution from higher multipoles where appropriate. With the fixed target experiment E781 scheduled to run in 1996 that is capable of measuring the angular distribution of the photons in charmed baryon decays it seems timely to try and better understand such processes. In this work we will compute the leading contribution to the E2 matrix elements for cc + AQy in chiral perturbation theory.

    The strong interaction dynamics of quarks greatly simplifies in the limit that their mass becomes infinitely greater than the scale of strong interactions [4-61. The new symmetries that become manifest in this limit have been been combined with chiral symmetry order to describe the soft hadronic interactions of hadrons containing a single heavy quark [7-lo] (for a review see [ 111). The lowest lying 3 of baryons containing a heavy quark is described by the field I;:(u) where u is the four-velocity of the baryon (conserved during soft hadronic interactions) and where i is the SU(3) index. Similarly, the lowest lying 6(*) of baryons containing a heavy quark is denoted by the field S( u)$ (symmetric on i, j) where i, j are SU(3) indices and where p is a lorentz index. The chiral lagrangian describing the lowest order soft hadronic interactions of these baryons is given by (using the notation of [IO])

    L = ?iv . Dq - ?$iv . DSZ + A$$$ + g3 ( Eijk?( A){$ + h.c.

    > + ig~Epupo$( Ap)iFjk . (1)

    The axial field of pseudo-Goldstone bosons A, = i ([J&t - rtd,&) is defined in terms of 5 = exp (M/f) where A4 is the octet of pseudo-Goldstone bosons represented by

    q/G + r/Jz IT+ M= 7T- q/diL?ro/Jz z

    K- P -27l/&

    The residual mass A0 (mass difference between the 3 and arises from the energy difference between the light degrees [ lo] we write


    6) is present even in the infinite mass limit and of freedom in the 3 and 6. Using the notation of

    Z(v) = s;(v) = &(y, + vp)y$(l + j)Bj + $1+ d>Btc. (3)

    The charmed baryons in the 3 have SU(3) assignments

    B,=Zz3, B2=+, B3=h,f, (4)

    while the J = l/2 charmed baryons in the 6 have SU( 3) assignments

    B1l=xf+, B12++, B22=x;, B+&, B2+, B33=@. (5)

    The J = 3/2 members of the 6* have the same SU(3) assignments in B;Li as their J = l/2 partners have in Bj. We will need the strong decay widths of the xzf later in this work and they can be shown to be

    rys; --) A,7P) = lyg+ + A,7r0) = - (6)


    r(z;+ -+ &v) 3 =- 7r, 18$lk I (7) ?r

    where k, is the pion three-momentum.

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    G g 4a I 1 \

    I , . %. _c* ix

    I Fig. 1. The graph giving the leading contribution to the E2 matrix element for 2; + AQY. There is a cancellation between the 2; and ZQ intermediate states that becomes exact as they become Y degenerate. A complete discussion of the Ml decays of baryons containing a single heavy quark can be found in [ 2,3].

    The width for the decay Z;! t I\Qy is given by

    where Al is the Ml amplitude, A2 is the E2 amplitude and E, is the energy of the emitted photon. The E2/Ml mixing ratio is defined by

    In chiral perturbation theory the Ml matrix element is dominated by a dimension five local counter term,

    where & is the electromagnetic charge matrix for the three light quarks given by

    Loops and higher dimension operators are suppressed by additional powers of Ax. As this operator has an unknown coefficient and there is no experimental data on this decay mode we cannot yet determine the Ml matrix element. However, the Ml matrix element At has been computed in the non-relativistic quark model (NRQM) [ 21 and is found to be


    where MU is the mass of a constituent up quark N 300 MeV (there is no contribution from a heavy quark interaction since the spin of the light degrees of freedom must change during the transition). The NRQM estimate should be relatively reliable as it generally reproduces well the value of Ml matrix elements corresponding to simply spin-flip (short distance) transitions. Of course, this is only a guide and ultimately the Ml matrix elements will be determined directly from experiment. More importantly, the NRQM is found to predict very small E2 amplitudes, as they arise from ground state configuration mixing (see for example [ 121) . In contrast, the estimates found in chiral perturbation theory are relatively large [ I] and result from long-distance charged pion configurations (loops) that are not present in the NRQM.

    The leading contribution to the E2 matrix element for 2; + AQy arises from the graph shown in Fig. 1. There is a cancellation between the Xi and Bp intermediate states that becomes exact as the states become degenerate. This is a result of the heavy quark spin symmetry which is broken by the s;-zQ mass splitting,

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    denoted by AQ. At this order there is no contribution from AQ intermediate states as its coupling to pions is explicitly suppressed by l/MQ. We find that the E2 amplitude is given by

    A2 = 2d3 eg2g3 --F(AQ, E,, m,) , 3 16r2f2

    where the function F(A, E, m) is

    F(A, E,m) = J dx (1 -2x) [J(xE-A,m) -J(xE,m)] , 0

    J(y, m) = dm log y+V_


    In the limit that A < EY, m, we can expand the function and find that


    F(A,E,m) = J dx x(1 -2x) xE+dx2@-m2+ie xE- x2@--m2+ic > 0 which has the limits

    F(A,E,m) -+ 5 4 E for E m, .





    We see that the infrared divergence of the loop graph is regulated by the larger of m, and E,, giving a small energy denominator. We have kept a factor of E in ( 16) because the E2 operator


    is dimension six and when expanded has an explicit factor of Ey/Ai. Naively one would expect this E2 operator to have a coefficient suppressed by a factor of &j)/ii!fQ, giving a mixing ratio smaller than that found from the long-distance loop graph.

    We now turn to the charmed baryon sector and make an estimate of S for X; -+ h,y. The Sy has not been observed to date and so the photon energy for the transition is an unknown, as is the size of the Cz - Z, spin-symmetry breaking mass difference. Further, the axial coupling constants g2,3 have not been determined experimentally. Recently, it has been shown that they are related to the NNrr coupling constant, gA = 1.25 in the large-NC limit of QCD (NC is the number of colours) and we will use this estimate of gs = $@gA and g2 =