Exploiting the width difference in Bs→ϕγ.

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Abstract

The photon polarization in B -> V gamma is a sensitive probe of right-handed currents. In the time dependent decay rate of B_s -> phi gamma the coefficients S and H in front of the sin(Delta m_s t) and the sinh(Delta Gamma_s /2 t) terms are sensitive to those right-handed currents. As compared to the B_d system there is a sizable width difference in B_s mesons which leads to the additional measurable observable H. We show with a Monte Carlo simulation that the expected resolution on S and H will be about 0.15 at the LHCb experiment for Delta Gamma_s/Gamma_s = 0.15 and a data sample of 2 fb^{-1}. We also show that the observable H can be measured from the untagged decay rate of B_s mesons which has considerable experimental advantages as no flavour tag will be required. The resolution on H is inversely proportional to the B_s width difference Delta Gamma_s. These experimental prospects have to be compared with the Standard Model predictions S_{phi gamma} = 0 \pm 0.002 and H_{phi \gamma} = 0.047 \pm 0.025+0.015 presented in this paper. We also give the Standard Model prediction and the experimental sensitivity for the direct CP asymmetry in B_s -> phi gamma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume664
Issue number3
Early online date19 Jun 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2008

Keywords

  • hep-ph
  • hep-ex

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