We present the first lattice QCD determination of the Λ b→Λ transition form factors that govern the rare baryonic decays Λb→Λℓ+ℓ- at leading order in heavy-quark effective theory. Our calculations are performed with 2+1 flavors of domain-wall fermions, at two lattice spacings and with pion masses down to 227 MeV. Three-point functions with a wide range of source-sink separations are used to extract the ground-state contributions. The form factors are extrapolated to the physical values of the light-quark masses and to the continuum limit. We use our results to calculate the differential branching fractions for Λb→Λℓ+ℓ - with ℓ=e, μ, τ within the standard model. We find agreement with a recent CDF measurement of the Λb→ Λμ+μ- differential branching fraction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|State||Published - Apr 5 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)