Y and ψ leptonic decays as probes of solutions to the R(D (*)) puzzle

Daniel Aloni, Aielet Efrati, Yuval Grossman, Yosef Nir

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Experimental measurements of the ratios R(D(∗))≡Γ(B→D(*)τv)Γ(B→D(*)ℓv)(ℓ=e,μ) show a 3.9σ deviation from the Standard Model prediction. In the absence of light right-handed neutrinos, a new physics contribution to b → cτν decays necessarily modifies also bb¯ → τ+τ and/or cc¯ → τ+τ transitions. These contributions lead to violation of lepton flavor universality in, respectively, Y and ψ leptonic decays. We analyze the constraints resulting from measurements of the leptonic vector-meson decays on solutions to the R(D(*)) puzzle. Available data from BaBar and Belle can already disfavor some of the new physics explanations of this anomaly. Further discrimination can be made by measuring Y(1S, 2S, 3S) → ττ in the upcoming Belle II experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 5 Jun 2017


  • Beyond Standard Model
  • Heavy Quark Physics
  • Precision QED

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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