Power counting and effective field theory for charmonium

Sean P Fleming, I. Z. Rothstein

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We hypothesize that the correct power counting for charmonia is in the parameter (Formula presented) but is not based purely on dimensional analysis (as is heavy quark effective theory). This power counting leads to predictions which differ from those resulting from the usual velocity power counting rules of non-relativistic QCD (NRQCD). In particular, we show that while (Formula presented) power counting preserves the empirically verified predictions of spin symmetry in decays, it also leads to new predictions which include a hierarchy between spin singlet and triplet octet matrix elements in the (Formula presented) system, a quenching of the net polarization in production at large transverse momentum, and no end point enhancement in radiative decays. We discuss explicit tests which can differentiate between the traditional and new theories of NRQCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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