Parity Doubling as a Tool for Right-handed Current Searches

Preprint number: CP3-Origins-2018-13 DNRF90
Authors: Jmes Gratrex (Edinburgh) and Roman Zwicky (Edinburgh & CP3-Origins)
External link: arXiv.org

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The V-A structure of the weak interactions leads to definite amplitude hierarchies in exclusive heavy-to-light decays mediated by $b \to (d,s)\gamma$ and $b \to (d,s) \ell \bar{\ell}$. However, the extraction of right-handed currents beyond the Standard Model is contaminated by V-A long-distance contributions leaking into right-handed amplitudes. We propose that these quantum-number changing long-distance contributions can be controlled by considering the almost parity-degenerate vector meson final states by exploiting the opposite relative sign of left- versus right-handed amplitudes. For example, measuring the time-dependent rates of a pair of vector $V(J^P=1^-)$ and axial $A(1^+)$ mesons in $B \to (V,A) \gamma$, up to an order of magnitude is gained on the theory uncertainty prediction, controlled by long-distance ratios to the right-handed amplitude. This renders these decays clean probes to null tests, from the theory side.