Searching for new physics in rare B → τ decays

Dafne Guetta, Enrico Nardi

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The rare decays B- → τν̄, B → τ+τ-, b → Xνν̄, and b → τ+τ- all contain third generation leptons in the final state, and hence are sensitive to new physics that couples more strongly to the third family. We present model independent expressions for these decays that can be useful to study several types of new physics effects. We concentrate on supersymmetric models without R-parity and without lepton number. We also assume a horizontal U(1) symmetry with fermion horizontal charges chosen to explain the magnitude of fermion masses and quark mixing angles. This allows us to estimate the order of magnitude of the new effects, and to derive numerical predictions for the various decay rates and for the forward-backward asymmetry and the τ polarization components measurable in b → Xτ+τ-. In some cases the branching ratios are enhanced by more than one order of magnitude, rendering foreseeable their detection at upcoming B-factories. We also discuss how a measurement of asymmetries in b → Xτ+τ- can be crucial in distinguishing between different sources of new physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012001
Pages (from-to)120011+1200116
JournalPhysical review D
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes


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