Precision corrections to dispersive bounds on form factors

C. Glenn Boyd, Benjamín Grinstein, Richard F. Lebed

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We present precision corrections to dispersion relation bounds on form factors in bottom hadron semileptonic decays and analyze their effects on parametrizations derived from these bounds. We incorporate QCD two-loop and nonperturbative corrections to the two-point correlator, consider form factors whose contribution to decay rates is suppressed by lepton mass, and implement more realistic estimates of truncation errors associated with the parametrizations. We include higher resonances in the hadronic sum that, together with heavy quark symmetry relations near zero recoil, further tighten the sum rule bounds. Utilizing all these improvements, we show that each of the six form factors in [Formula presented] and [Formula presented] can be described with [Formula presented] or smaller precision using only the overall normalization and one unknown parameter. A similar one-coefficient parametrization of one of the [Formula presented] form factors, together with heavy quark symmetry relations valid to order [Formula presented], describes the differential baryon decay rate in terms of one unknown parameter and the phenomenologically interesting quantity [Formula presented] We discuss the validity of slope-curvature relations derived by Caprini and Neubert, and present weaker, corrected relations. Finally, we present sample fits of current experimental [Formula presented] and [Formula presented] data to the improved one-parameter expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6895-6911
Number of pages17
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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