Few-Body Systems

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 275–287 | Cite as

The Role of Spin-Flipping Terms in Hadronic Transitions of \({\Upsilon (4S)}\)

  • Jorge Segovia
  • David R. Entem
  • Francisco Fernández


Recent experimental data on the \({\Upsilon(4S)\to\Upsilon(1S)\eta}\) and \({\Upsilon(4S)\to h_{b}(1P)\eta}\) processes seem to contradict the naive expectation that hadronic transitions with spin-flipping terms should be suppressed with respect those without spin-flip. We analyze these transitions using the QCD multipole expansion (QCDME) approach and within a constituent quark model framework that has been applied successfully to the heavy-quark sectors during the last years. The QCDME formalism requires the computation of hybrid intermediate states which has been performed in a natural, parameter-free extension of our constituent quark model based on the quark confining string (QCS) scheme. We show that (i) the M1–M1 contribution in the decay rate of the \({\Upsilon(4S)\to\Upsilon(1S)\eta}\) is important and its suppression until now is not justified; (ii) the role played by the \({L=0}\) hybrid states, which enter in the calculation of the M1–M1 contribution, explains the observed enhancement in the \({\Upsilon(4S)\to\Upsilon(1S)\eta}\) decay width; and (iii) the anomalously large decay rate of the \({\Upsilon(4S)\to h_{b}(1P)\eta}\) transition has the same physical origin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Segovia
    • 1
  • David R. Entem
    • 1
  • Francisco Fernández
    • 1
  1. 1.Grupo de Física Nuclear and Instituto Universitario de Física Fundamental y Matemáticas (IUFFyM)Universidad de SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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