Study of the \(\Lambda _{b} \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^- \) decay in light cone sum rules

  • T. M. Aliev
  • T. Barakat
  • M. SavcıEmail author
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


The form factors of the \(\Lambda _{b} \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay are calculated in the framework of the light cone QCD sum rules. In the calculations the contribution of the negative parity \(\Lambda _b^*\) baryon is eliminated by constructing the sum rules for different Lorentz structures. Furthermore the branching ratio of the semileptonic \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay is calculated. The numerical study for the branching ratio of the \(\Lambda _{b} \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay indicates that it is quite large and could be measurable at future planned experiments to be conducted at LHCb.

1 Introduction

Lately, exciting experimental results have been obtained in study of the rare decays of the heavy \(\Lambda _b\) baryon induced by the flavor changing neutral currents. The rare \(\Lambda _{b} \rightarrow \Lambda \ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decays induced by the \(b \rightarrow s\) transition were observed by the CDF [1] and LHCb collaborations [2]. Later the detailed analyses of the differential branching ratio and various symmetries of the \(\Lambda _{b} \rightarrow \Lambda \ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay have been performed performed at LHCb [3]. The LHCb collaboration firstly observed the rare \(\Lambda _{b} \rightarrow p \pi ^- \mu ^+ \mu ^-\) decay induced by the \(b \rightarrow d\) transition [4]. This observation motivated the theoretical study of the \(\Lambda _{b} \rightarrow N \ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay, induced also by the \(b \rightarrow d\) transition. This decay was studied within the framework of the light cone QCD sum rules method (LCSR) in [5]. The light cone QCD sum rules method (LCSR) [6, 7] is hybrid of the traditional SVZ sum rules [8] and the methods used in hard exclusive processes. The other interesting decays induced by the \(b \rightarrow d\) transition are the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow \) nucleon resonance decays. The analysis of these decays can provide complementary information about the properties of the nucleon resonances in principle which could experimentally be studied at LHCb. It should be noted here that the comprehensive study of the nucleon resonance constitutes one of the main research directions of the research program that is planned for future study at Jefferson Laboratory [9]. The properties of the nucleon resonance \(N^*\) in the \(\Lambda _{b(c)} \rightarrow N^*\ell \nu \) decay is investigated in framework of the LCSR in [10]. The present work is devoted to the study of the rare \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay in the framework of the LCSR method.

The paper is organized as follows: In Sect. 2 the LCSR for the relevant form factors appearing in the \(\Lambda _b(\Lambda _b^*) \rightarrow N^*\) transitions are obtained. In Sect. 3 present the numerical analysis of the sum rules for the form factors. Using then the obtained results for the form factors we estimate the decay widths of the \(\Lambda _b(\Lambda _b^*) \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decays. This section ends with a conclusion.

2 Form factors of the \(\Lambda _b(\Lambda _b^*) \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay in LCSR

In the present section we derive the LCSR for the transition form factors of the \(\Lambda _b(\Lambda _b^*) \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay. Before giving the details of the calculations few words about the notation should be mentioned. In all further discussions the negative parity states of the \(\Lambda _b\) and N baryons are denoted as \(\Lambda _b^*\) and \(N^*\), respectively. The \(\Lambda _b(\Lambda _b^*) \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay at the quark level is described by the \(b \rightarrow d\) transition. At the hadronic level \(\Lambda _b(\Lambda _b^*) \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay is obtained by sandwiching the transition current between the \(\Lambda _b(\Lambda _b^*)\) and \(N^*\) states. The corresponding form factors of the vector, axial vector and tensor currents are defined as,
$$\begin{aligned}&\langle \Lambda _{b}(p-q) \mid {\bar{b}} \gamma _\mu d \mid N^*(p)\rangle \nonumber \\&\quad =\bar{u}_{\Lambda _b} (p- q) \Big [f_{1}(q^{2})\gamma _{\mu }+{i} \frac{f_{2}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}}\sigma _{\mu \nu }q^{\nu } \nonumber \\&\qquad +\, \frac{f_{3}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}} q^{\mu }\Big ] \gamma _5 u_{N^*}(p), \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned}&\langle \Lambda _{b}(p-q) \mid {\bar{b}} \gamma _\mu \gamma _5 d \mid N^*(p)\rangle \nonumber \\&\quad = \bar{u}_{\Lambda _b}(p- q) \Big [ g_{1}(q^{2})\gamma _{\mu }\gamma _5 + {i} \frac{g_{2}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}} \sigma _{\mu \nu } q^{\nu } \gamma _5\nonumber \\&\qquad + \frac{g_{3}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}} q^{\mu }\gamma _5 \Big ] \gamma _5 u_{N^*}(p), \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned}&\langle \Lambda _b (p-q)\mid {\bar{b}} i \sigma _{\mu \nu }q^{\nu } (1+ \gamma _5) d \mid N^*(p)\rangle \nonumber \\&\quad =\bar{u}_{\Lambda _b}(p- q) \Big [\frac{f_{1}^{T}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}}(\gamma _{\mu }q^2-q_{\mu }\not \!q) +\, {i}f_{2}^{T}(q^{2})\sigma _{\mu \nu }q^{\nu } \nonumber \\&\qquad +\, \frac{g_{1}^{T}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}}(\gamma _{\mu } q^2-q_{\mu }\not \!q)\gamma _5\qquad +\,{i}g_{2}^{T}(q^{2})\sigma _{\mu \nu } q^{\nu } \gamma _5 \Big ] \gamma _5u_{N^*}(p).\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
The form factors responsible for \(\Lambda _b^*\rightarrow N^*\) transition can be obtained from Eqs. (1)–(3) with the help of the following replacements: \(f_i \rightarrow {\widetilde{f}}_i\), \(g_i \rightarrow {\widetilde{g}}_i\), \(f_i^T \rightarrow {\widetilde{f}}_i^T\), \(g_i^T \rightarrow {\widetilde{g}}_i^T\), \(m_{\Lambda _b} \rightarrow m_{\Lambda _b^*}\), and \(\bar{u}_\Lambda (p-q) \rightarrow \bar{u}_{\Lambda ^*}(p-q)\gamma _5\).
In order to derive the LCSR for these form factors we introduce the correlation function
$$\begin{aligned} \Pi _\mu ^j(p,q) = i\int d^{4}xe^{iqx}\langle 0 \mid T\{\eta _{\Lambda _{b}}(0) J_{\mu }^j(x)\}\mid N^*(p)\rangle ,\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
where \(\eta _{\Lambda _{b}}\) is the interpolating current of the \(\Lambda _{b}(\Lambda _b^*)\) baryon, \(J_{\mu }^j(x)\) is the heavy–light transition current which is set to,
$$\begin{aligned} J_\mu ^j = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} {\bar{b}} \gamma _\mu (1-\gamma _5) d,&{} j=I\\ \bar{b}~i\sigma _{\alpha \nu }q^{\nu } (1+ \gamma _5)d, &{} j=II. \end{array} \right. \end{aligned}$$
In the calculations we use the following most general form of the interpolating current for the \(\Lambda _{b}(\Lambda _b^*)\) baryon,
$$\begin{aligned} \eta _{\Lambda _{b}}= & {} \frac{1}{\sqrt{6}}\epsilon _{abc} \Bigg \{2\Big (\left[ u^{aT}(x)Cd^{b}(x)\right] \gamma _{5}b^{c}(x)\nonumber \\&+\beta \left[ u^{aT}(x)C\gamma _{5}d^{b}(x)\right] b^{c}(x)\Big ) \nonumber \\&+ \left[ u^{aT}(x)Cb^{b}(x)\right] \gamma _{5}d^{c}(x) \nonumber \\&+\beta \left[ u^{aT}(x)C\gamma _{5}b^{b}(x)\right] d^{c}(x) \nonumber \\&+ \left[ b^{aT}(x)Cd^{b}(x)\right] \gamma _{5}u^{c}(x)\nonumber \\&+\beta \left[ b^{aT}(x)C\gamma _{5}d^{b}(x)\right] u^{c}(x)\Bigg \}, \end{aligned}$$
where a,  b and c are the color indices, C is the charge conjugation operator, and \(\beta \) is an arbitrary parameter with \(\beta =-1\) corresponding to the Ioffe current.

The usual procedure in deriving the LCSR is to calculate the correlation function given in Eq. (4) in two different domains. On one side, insert a complete set of states with the quantum numbers of \(\Lambda _b\) between the two currents, and isolate the ground state contribution. On the other side use the operator product expansion (OPE) around the light cone where \((p=q)^2,~q^2 \ll 0\). These two representations of the correlation function are then matched using the dispersion relations and quark–gluon duality ansatz. Finally, applying the Borel transformation in order to kill the the possible subtraction terms which could appear in the dispersion relations, and to suppress the contributions from higher states.

It should be remarked here that the interpolating current \(\eta _{\Lambda _b}\) has nonzero overlap not only with the \(J^P=\displaystyle {1\over 2}^+\) state but also with the \(J^P=\displaystyle {1\over 2}^-\) state. It is shown in [11] that the mass difference between between the \(J^P=\displaystyle {1\over 2}^+\) and \(J^P=\displaystyle {1\over 2}^-\) states is about (200–300) MeV. For this reason the contribution of the negative parity \(\Lambda _b\) baryon should properly be taken into account.

After having mentioned these cautionary remarks we proceed to calculate the physical part of the correlation function. Saturating Eq. (4) with the ground and first excited \(\Lambda _b\) baryon we get,
$$\begin{aligned}&\Pi _\mu ^j(p,q)\nonumber \\&\quad =\sum _i\frac{\langle 0\mid \eta _{\Lambda _{b}}(0) \mid \Lambda _{b}^{i}(p-q,s)\rangle \langle \Lambda _{b}^{i}(p-q,s)\mid \bar{b} \Gamma _\mu ^j d \mid N^*(p)\rangle }{m_{i}^{2}-(p-q)^{2}},\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \Gamma _\mu ^j = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} \gamma _\mu (1-\gamma _5), &{} j=I,\\ i\sigma _{\mu \nu } q^\nu (1+\gamma _5), &{} j=II, \end{array} \right. \end{aligned}$$
and summation is performed over the ground and first excited states of the \(\Lambda _b\) baryon. The decay constants of the positive and negative parity \(\Lambda _b\) baryons are determined as,
$$\begin{aligned} \langle 0 \mid \eta _{\Lambda _b} \mid \Lambda _b (p-q)\rangle= & {} \lambda _{\Lambda _b} u_{\Lambda _b}(p-q),\nonumber \\ \langle 0 \mid \eta _{\Lambda _b^*} \mid \Lambda _b^*(p-q)\rangle= & {} \lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}\gamma _5 u_{\Lambda _b^*}(p-q). \end{aligned}$$
Using the equation of motion
$$\begin{aligned} (\not \!{p} - m_{N^*}) u_{N^*}(p) = 0, \end{aligned}$$
and Eqs. (1)–(3) and (7), for the phenomenological part of the correlation function we get,
$$\begin{aligned} \Pi _{\mu }^{I}(p,q)= & {} \frac{\lambda _{\Lambda _b}}{m_{\Lambda _b}^{2}-(p-q)^{2}}\Bigg \{ f_{1}(q^{2}) \Big [(m_{\Lambda _b} + m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&+\,\gamma _\mu \not \!q + 2 (p_\mu - q_\mu ) I \Big ]\gamma _5 \nonumber \\&-\, \frac{f_{2}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}}\Big [(m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*}) [(m_{\Lambda _b} + m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&+\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q] \gamma _5 + 2 \not \!q \gamma _5 p_\mu \nonumber \\&+\, [(m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*}) + \not \!q ]\gamma _5 q_\mu \Big ]\nonumber \\&+\, \frac{f_{3}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}} \Big [(m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*}) - \not \!q\Big ] \gamma _5 q_\mu \nonumber \\&-\, g_{1}(q^{2}) \Big [ (m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu + \gamma _\mu \not \!q \nonumber \\&+\, 2 (p_\mu - q_\mu ) I\Big ] \nonumber \\&+\, \frac{g_{2}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}} \Big [(2 p_\mu - q_\mu ) \not \!q \nonumber \\&+\, (m_{\Lambda _b} + m_{N^*}) [ (m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&+\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q - q_\mu I ]\Big ] \nonumber \\&+\, \frac{g_{3}(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b}} \Big [\not \!q - (m_{\Lambda _b} + m_{N^*}) \Big ] q_\mu I \Bigg \} \nonumber \\&+\, \frac{\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}^{2}-(p-q)^{2}} \Bigg \{{\widetilde{f}}_1(q^{2}) \Big [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} - m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&-\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q - 2 (p_\mu - q_\mu ) I\Big ] \gamma _5 \nonumber \\&+\, \frac{{\widetilde{f}}_2(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}} \Big [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{N^*}) [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} - m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&-\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q ] \gamma _5 + 2 \not \!q p_\mu \nonumber \\&+\, [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{N^*}) - \not \!q ] \gamma _5 q_\mu \Big ]\nonumber \\&+ \frac{{\widetilde{f}}_3(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}} \Big [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{N^*}) I + \not \!q \Big ] q_\mu \nonumber \\&-\, {\widetilde{g}}_1(q^{2}) \Big [ (m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&-\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q - 2 (p_\mu - q_\mu ) I \Big ] \nonumber \\&-\, \frac{{\widetilde{g}}_2(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}} \Big [ (2 p_\mu - q_\mu ) \not \!q \nonumber \\&+\, (m_{\Lambda _b^*} - m_{N^*}) [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&-\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q + q_\mu I] \Big ] \nonumber \\&-\, \frac{{\widetilde{g}}_3(q^{2})}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}} \Big [\not \!q + (m_{\Lambda _b^*} - m_{N^*}) I\Big ] q_\mu , \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \Pi _{\mu }^{II}(p,q)= & {} \frac{\lambda _{\Lambda _b}}{m_{\Lambda _b}^{2}-(p-q)^{2}}\Bigg \{ {f_1^T(q^{2})\over m_{\Lambda _b}} \Big [ [(m_{\Lambda _b} + m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&+\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q + 2 I p_\mu ] \gamma _5 q^2 \nonumber \\&+\, [(m_{\Lambda _b}^2 - m_{N^*}^2 - 2 q^2) \nonumber \\&-\, (m_{\Lambda _b} + m_{N^*}) \not \!q ] \Big ] \gamma _5 q_\mu \nonumber \\&-\, f_2^T(q^{2}) \Big [(m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*}) [(m_{\Lambda _b} + m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&+\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q] \gamma _5 + 2 \not \!q \gamma _5 p_\mu \nonumber \\&-\, [(m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*}) + \not \!q] \gamma _5 q_\mu \Big ] \nonumber \\&+\, {g_1^T(q^{2})\over m_{\Lambda _b}} \Big [ [(m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&+\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q + 2 I p_\mu ] q^2 - [(m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*}) \not \!q \nonumber \\&-\, (m_{\Lambda _b}^2 - m_{N^*}^2 - 2 q^2)] q_\mu \Big ] \nonumber \\&-\, g_2^T(q^{2}) \Big [ (2 p_\mu - q_\mu ) \not \!q + (m_{\Lambda _b} + m_{N^*}) \nonumber \\&[(m_{\Lambda _b} -\, m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu + \gamma _\mu \not \!q - q_\mu ] \Big ] \Bigg \} \nonumber \\&+\, \frac{\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}^{2}-(p-q)^{2}}\nonumber \\&\Bigg \{ {{\widetilde{f}}_1^T(q^{2})\over m_{\Lambda _b^*}} \Big [[(m_{\Lambda _b^*} - m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&-\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q - 2 I p_\mu ] q^2 \gamma _5 \nonumber \\&-\, [(m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2 - m_{N^*}^2 - 2 q^2) \nonumber \\&+\, (m_{\Lambda _b^*} - m_{N^*}) \not \!q ]\gamma _5 q_\mu \Big ] \nonumber \\&+\, {\widetilde{f}}_2^T(q^{2}) \Big [ (m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{\Lambda _b}^*) [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} - m_{\Lambda _b}^*) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&-\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q ] \gamma _5 + 2 \not \!q \gamma _5 p_\mu \nonumber \\&+\, [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{\Lambda _b}^*) - \not \!q]\gamma _5 q_\mu \Big ] \nonumber \\&+\, {{\widetilde{g}}_1^T(q^{2})\over m_{\Lambda _b^*}}\Big [ [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu - \gamma _\mu \not \!q \nonumber \\&-\, 2 I p_\mu ] q^2 - [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{N^*}) \not \!q \nonumber \\&+\, (m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2 - m_{N^*}^2 - 2 q^2)] q_\mu \Big ] \nonumber \\&+\, {\widetilde{g}}_2^T(q^{2}) \Big [ (2 p_\mu - q_\mu ) \not \!q \nonumber \\&+\, (m_{\Lambda _b^*} - m_{N^*}) [(m_{\Lambda _b^*} + m_{N^*}) \gamma _\mu \nonumber \\&-\, \gamma _\mu \not \!q + I q_\mu ] \Big ]\Bigg \}. \end{aligned}$$
Now we turn our attention to the calculation of the correlation function from the QCD side. At deep Eucledian domain \((p-q)^2,~q^2 \ll 0\) the product of the two currents can be expanded around the light-cone \(x^2 \simeq 0\). After contracting the heavy quark fields which give the heavy quark propagator, the matrix element
$$\begin{aligned} \epsilon ^{abc} \langle 0 \mid u_\alpha ^a (0) d_\beta ^b (x) d_\lambda ^c (0) \mid N^*(p) \rangle , \end{aligned}$$
of the three quarks between the vacuum and the \(N^*\) state is revealed. Decomposition of this matrix element in terms of the distribution amplitudes (DAs) with increasing twist is given in [12] (see Appendix A).
After contracting the heavy b-quark fields, the correlation takes the form,
$$\begin{aligned} \Pi _{\mu }^j= & {} \frac{i}{\sqrt{6}} \epsilon ^{abc}\int d^4x e^{iqx}\nonumber \\&\Big \{\left[ 2 (C)_{\alpha \lambda } (\gamma _5)_{\rho \xi } + (C)_{\alpha \xi } (\gamma _5)_{\rho \lambda } + (C)_{\xi \lambda } (\gamma _5)_{\alpha \rho }\right] \nonumber \\&+\, \beta \left[ 2 (C \gamma _5)_{\alpha \lambda }(I)_{\rho \xi } + (C \gamma _5 )_{\alpha \xi }(I)_{\rho \lambda }\right. \nonumber \\&\left. +(C \gamma _5)_{\rho \lambda }(I)_{\alpha \rho } \right] \Big \} {\times } \left( \Gamma ^j_\mu \right) _{\sigma \beta }\left[ S_b(-x)\right] _{\xi \sigma }\nonumber \\&\langle 0 \mid u_\alpha ^a(0) d_\beta ^b(x) d_\lambda ^c(0) \mid N^*(p)\rangle . \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} S_b (x)= & {} \frac{m_{b}^{2}}{4\pi ^{2}}\frac{K_{1}(m_{b}\sqrt{-x^2})}{\sqrt{-x^2}}-i \frac{m_{b}^{2}\not \!x}{4\pi ^{2}x^2}K_{2} (m_{b}\sqrt{-x^2}) \nonumber \\&-\, i g_s \int \frac{d^4 k}{(2\pi )^4} e^{-ikx} \int _0^1 dv\nonumber \\&\Bigg [\frac{\not \!k + m_b}{( m_b^2-k^2)^2} G^{\alpha \beta }(vx) \sigma _{\alpha \beta }+\, \frac{1}{m_b^2-k^2} v x_\alpha G^{\alpha \beta } \gamma _\beta \Bigg ],\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
where \(K_i\) are the modified Bessel functions of the second kind, and \(G_{\alpha \beta }\) is the gluon field strength tensor.
Using the expression of the heavy quark propagator and definition of the matrix
$$\begin{aligned} \epsilon ^{abc} \langle 0 \mid u_\alpha ^a (0) d_\beta ^b (x) d_\lambda ^c (0) \mid N^*(p) \rangle , \end{aligned}$$
in terms of the DAs of the \(N^*\) baryon, we can calculate the correlation function from the QCD side. Note that, using the equation of motion \((\not \!{p} - m_{N^*}) u_{N^*}(p) = 0\), the correlation function can be decomposed into six independent functions as follows,
$$\begin{aligned} \Pi _\mu ^j(p,q)= & {} \left[ \Pi _1^j p_\mu + \Pi _2^j p_\mu \not \!q + \Pi _3^j\gamma _\mu \right. \nonumber \\&\left. + \Pi _4^j\gamma _\mu \not \!q + \Pi _5^jq_\mu + \Pi _6^jq_\mu \not \!q \right] \gamma _5 u_{N^*}. \end{aligned}$$
After performing Borel transformation, these invariant functions in the correlation function can in general be written as,
$$\begin{aligned} \Pi _i^j\left[ (p-q)^2, q^2\right] = \sum _{n=1,2,3} \int _0^1 { \mathcal{D}_{in}^{j} (x, q^2) \over \Delta ^n}, \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \Delta = m_b^2 - (1-x) q^2 + x (1-x) m_{N^*}^2 - x (p-q)^2. \end{aligned}$$
We can write (13) as a dispersion integral in \((p-q)^2\) as follows,
$$\begin{aligned}&\Pi _i^j\left[ (p-q)^2, q^2\right] \nonumber \\&\quad = {1\over \pi } \int _{m_b^2}^\infty {ds \over s-(p-q)^2}\hbox {Im}\Pi _i^j [(p-q)^2,q^2]. \end{aligned}$$
Making the replacement \(s(x) = m_b^2 - (1-x) q^2 + x (1-x) m_{N^*}^2 - x (p-q)^2\), the denominator of Eq. (13) takes the form,
$$\begin{aligned} \Delta = x\left[ s(x)-(p-q)^2\right] . \end{aligned}$$
Using the quark–hadron ansatz the contribution of the hadronic states can be represented as,
$$\begin{aligned}&\int _{s_0}^\infty {ds\over s-(p-q)^2} \rho _i(q^2) \nonumber \\&\quad \simeq {1\over \pi } \int _{s_0}^\infty {ds\over s-(p-q)^2} \hbox {Im}\Pi _i^j (q^2), \end{aligned}$$
where \(s_0\) is the continuum contribution. Finally Borel transformation can be performed on the hadronic and physical sides with the help of the replacement
$$\begin{aligned} {1\over s-(p-q)^2} \rightarrow e^{-s/M^2}. \end{aligned}$$
In implementing the Borel transformation and the continuum subtraction we use the following relations,
$$\begin{aligned}&\int dx\frac{\mathcal{D}_{i1}^{j}(x)}{\Delta }\rightarrow \int _{x_{0}}^{1}\frac{dx}{x} \mathcal{D}_{i1}^{j}(x) e^{-s(x)/M^2}\nonumber \\&\quad \int dx\frac{\mathcal{D}_{i2}^{j}(x)}{\Delta ^2}\rightarrow \frac{1}{M^2} \int _{x_{0}}^{1} \frac{dx}{x^2}\mathcal{D}_{i2}^{j}(x)e^{-s(x)/M^2}\nonumber \\&\quad +\, \frac{\mathcal{D}_{i2}^{j}(x_{0}) e^{-s_0/M^2} }{m_{b}^2+x_{0}^{2}m_{N^*}^2-q^2}\nonumber \\&\quad \int dx\frac{\mathcal{D}_{i3}^{j}(x)}{\Delta ^3}\rightarrow \frac{1}{2M^4} \int _{x_{0}}^{1} \frac{dx}{x^3}\mathcal{D}_{i3}^{j}(x)e^{-s(x)/M^2}\nonumber \\&\quad +\,\frac{1}{2M^2} \frac{\mathcal{D}_{i3}^{j}(x_{0}) e^{-s_0/M^2}}{x_{0}(m_{b}^2+x_{0}^{2}m_{N^*}^2-q^2)}\nonumber \\&\quad -\, \frac{1}{2} \frac{x_{0}^2e^{-s_0/M^2}}{m_{b}^2+x_{0}^{2} m_{N^*}^2-q^2}\frac{d}{dx}\Big ( \frac{\mathcal{D}_{i3}^{j}(x)}{x(m_{b}^2+x^{2}m_{N^*}^2-q^2)} \Big )\Big |_{x=x_{0}},\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
where \(x_{0}\) is the solution of the equation
$$\begin{aligned} s_{0}=\frac{m_b^2-\bar{x}q^2+x\bar{x}m_{N^*}^2}{x}. \end{aligned}$$
Equating the coefficients of the structures \(p_{\mu }\gamma _5\), \(p_{\mu }/{q}\gamma _5\), \(\gamma _{\mu }\gamma _5\), \(\gamma _{\mu }/{q}\gamma _5\), \(q_\mu \gamma _5\), and \(q_{\mu }/{q}\gamma _5\) we get the following sum rules for the invariant functions of the transition current (\(\bar{b}\gamma _\mu d\)),
$$\begin{aligned}&-\,2\lambda _{\Lambda _b}g_{1}(q^2)e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}}+2\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*} {\widetilde{g}}_{1}(q^2) e^{-m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2/M^{2}}\nonumber \\&\quad = \Pi _{1}^I(p,q)\nonumber \\&\qquad 2\lambda _{\Lambda _b}\frac{g_{2}(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b}}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}}- 2\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}\frac{{\widetilde{g}}_2(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}} e^{-m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2/M^{2}}\nonumber \\&\quad = \Pi _{2}^I(p,q) \nonumber \\&\qquad -\,\lambda _{\Lambda _b}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}}\Big \{(m_{\Lambda _b}-m_{N^*})\Big [g_{1}(q^2)\nonumber \\&\qquad -\,\frac{g_{2}(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b}} (m_{\Lambda _b}+m_{N^*})\Big ]\Big \}\nonumber \\&\qquad -\,\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2/M^{2}}\Big \{(m_{\Lambda _b^*}+m_{N^*}) \Big [{\widetilde{g}}_1(q^2)\nonumber \\&\qquad +\,\frac{{\widetilde{g}}_2(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}}(m_{\Lambda _b^*}-m_{N^*})\Big ]\Big \}= \Pi _{3}^I(p,q)\nonumber \\&\qquad -\, \lambda _{\Lambda _b}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}}\Big [g_{1}(q^2)- \frac{g_{2}(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b}}(m_{\Lambda _b}+ m_{N^*})\Big ]\nonumber \\&\qquad +\,\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2/M^{2}}\Big [{\widetilde{g}}_1(q^2)+ \frac{{\widetilde{g}}_2(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}}(m_{\Lambda _b^*}-m_{N^*})\Big ]\nonumber \\&\quad = \Pi _{4}^I(p,q)\nonumber \\&\qquad \lambda _{\Lambda _b}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}}\Big [2 g_{1}(q^2)\nonumber \\&\qquad -\, \frac{g_{2}(q^2)+ g_{3}(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b}}(m_{\Lambda _b^*}+m_{N^*})\Big ]\nonumber \\&\qquad -\,\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2/M^{2}}\Big [2{\widetilde{g}}_1(q^2)\nonumber \\&\qquad +\, \frac{{\widetilde{g}}_2(q^2)+{\widetilde{f}}_3(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}} (m_{\Lambda _b^*}-m_{N^*})\Big ]= \Pi _{5}^I(p,q)\nonumber \\&\qquad -\,\frac{\lambda _{\Lambda _b}}{m_{\Lambda _b}}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}} \Big [g_{2}(q^2)-g_{3}(q^2)\Big ]\nonumber \\&\qquad +\, \frac{\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2/M^{2}} \Big [{\widetilde{g}}_2(q^2)- {\widetilde{g}}_3(q^2)\Big ]= \Pi _{6}^I(p,q). \end{aligned}$$
The results for the form factors induced by the \(\bar{b}\gamma _\mu \gamma _5 d\) current can be obtained from Eq. (18) by making the following replacements: \(g_i\rightarrow -f_i\), \({\widetilde{g}}_i\rightarrow -{\widetilde{f}}_i\), \(m_{N^*}\rightarrow -m_{N^*}\), and \(\Pi _i^I\rightarrow \Pi _i^{I\prime }\).
Table 1

The parametrization of the form factors of the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay for LQSR-1







\(-\,0.297\pm 0.080\)

\(0.44 \pm 0.11\)

\(-\,0.17 \pm 0.03\)

\(4.16 \pm 0.40\)


\(-\,0.213\pm 0.064\)

\(-\,0.15 \pm 0.03\)

\(-\,1.36 \pm 0.26\)

\(5.22 \pm 0.90\)


\(-\,0.060\pm 0.018\)

\(0.74 \pm 0.10\)

\(-\,7.24 \pm 1.20\)

\(16.22 \pm 2.20\)


\(-\,0.028\pm 0.084\)

\(-\,0.35 \pm 0.06\)

\(2.97 \pm 0.60\)

\(-\,6.87 \pm 0.95\)


\(0.106\pm 0.031\)

\(0.31 \pm 0.05\)

\(-\,0.93 \pm 0.16\)

\(-\,0.37 \pm 0.04\)


\(-\,0.017\pm 0.005\)

\(-\,0.19 \pm 0.04\)

\(1.66 \pm 0.31\)

\(-\,3.98 \pm 0.70\)


\(-\,0.0030 \pm 0.0008\)

\(4.5 \pm 0.9\)

\(-\,43 \pm 8\)

\(102 \pm 20\)


\(-\,0.190\pm 0.057\)

\(-\,3.3 \pm 0.6\)

\(29 \pm 6\)

\(-\,68 \pm 13\)


\(0.384\pm 0.110\)

\(-\,1.66 \pm 0.30\)

\(19.5 \pm 3.5\)

\(46 \pm 9\)


\(-\,0.190\pm 0.056\)

\(1.9 \pm 0.36\)

\(-\,20 \pm 4\)

\(47 \pm 9\)

Table 2

The same as Table 1, but for LQSR-2







\(-\,0.202\pm 0.060 \)

\( -0.27\pm 0.06 \)

\(-\,0.17 \pm 0.03 \)

\( 2.37 \pm 0.33 \)


\( -0.0640 \pm 0.0018\)

\( -0.060 \pm 0.012\)

\(-\,2.87 \pm 0.50 \)

\( 1.20 \pm 0.20 \)


\( 0.0500 \pm 0.0015 \)

\(0.60\pm 0.14 \)

\(-\,4.52 \pm 0.80 \)

\( 9.07 \pm 1.50 \)


\( -0.144\pm 0.043 \)

\( -0.38\pm 0.06 \)

\( 1.65 \pm 0.22 \)

\(-\,2.51 \pm 0.42 \)


\( 0.062\pm 0.002 \)

\(0.24\pm 0.04 \)

\(-\,1.08 \pm 0.15 \)

\(-\,1.17 \pm 0.20 \)


\( -0.032\pm 0.001 \)

\( -0.20\pm 0.03 \)

\( 1.47 \pm 0.23 \)

\(-\,3.11 \pm 0.50 \)


\(0.0210 \pm 0.0063 \)

\(0.27\pm 0.05 \)

\( -1.3 \pm 0.26 \)

\(0.55 \pm 0.10 \)


\( -0.176\pm 0.052 \)

\( -0.57\pm 0.11 \)

\( 1.86 \pm 0.35 \)

\( 0.04 \pm 0.008 \)


\(0.203\pm 0.060 \)

\( 0.56\pm 0.10 \)

\( -1.71 \pm 0.34 \)

\( 0.023 \pm 0.004 \)


\( -0.176\pm 0.052 \)

\(-\,0.19 \pm 0.03 \)

\(0.078 \pm 0.015 \)

\( -0.030 \pm 0.006\)

The sum rules of the (\(\bar{b}i\sigma _{\mu \nu } q^\nu d\)) transition current can be obtained in similar manner, which are given below,
$$\begin{aligned}&-\,2\lambda _{\Lambda _b}g_{2}^T(q^2)e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}}+2\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*} {\widetilde{g}}_{2}^T(q^2)e^{-m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2/M^{2}}\nonumber \\&\quad = \Pi _{1}^{II}(p,q)\nonumber \\&\qquad -\,\lambda _{\Lambda _b}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}} \Big [\frac{g_{1}^T(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b}}(m_{\Lambda _b}-m_{N^*})- g_{2}^T(q^2)\Big ]\nonumber \\&\qquad -\,\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2/M^{2}} \Big [\frac{{\widetilde{g}}_1^T(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}} (m_{\Lambda _b^*}+m_{N^*})+{\widetilde{g}}_2^T(q^2)\Big ]\nonumber \\&\quad =\Pi _{2}^{II}(p,q)\nonumber \\&\qquad \lambda _{\Lambda _b}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}} \Big [\frac{g_{1}^T(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b}} (m_{\Lambda _b}^2-m_{N^*}^2-2q^2)\nonumber \\&\qquad +\,g_{2}^T(q^2) (m_{\Lambda _b}+m_{N^*})\Big ]\nonumber \\&\qquad -\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2/M^{2}} \Big [\frac{{\widetilde{g}}_1^T(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}} (m_{\Lambda _b^*}^2-m_{N^*}^2-2q^2)\nonumber \\&\qquad -\,{\widetilde{g}}_2^T(q^2) (m_{\Lambda _b^*}-m_{N^*})\Big ]= \Pi _{3}^{II}(p,q)\nonumber \\&\qquad \lambda _{\Lambda _b}e^{-m_{\Lambda _b}^2/M^{2}} (m_{\Lambda _b}-m_{N^*})\Big [\frac{g_{1}^T(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b}}q^2\nonumber \\&\qquad - g_{2}^T(q^2)(m_{\Lambda _b}+m_{N^*})\Big ]\nonumber \\&\qquad +\,\lambda _{\Lambda _{b}^*}e^{\frac{-m_{\Lambda _{b}^*}^2}{M^{2}}} (m_{\Lambda _{b}^*}+m_{N^*}) \Big [\frac{{\widetilde{g}}_1^T(q^2)}{m_{\Lambda _b^*}}q^2\nonumber \\&\qquad +\,{\widetilde{g}}_2^T(q^2)(m_{\Lambda _b^*}-m_{N^*}) \Big ]\qquad = \Pi _{4}^{II}(p,q), \end{aligned}$$
where \(\Pi _{1}^{II}\), \(\Pi _{2}^{II}\), \(\Pi _{3}^{II}\), and \(\Pi _{4}^{II}\) are the invariant functions for the structures \(p_{\mu }/{q}\gamma _5\), \(q_{\mu }/{q}\gamma _5\), \(q_\mu \gamma _5\), and \(\gamma _{\mu }\gamma _5\), respectively. The sum rules for the (\(\bar{b}i\sigma _{\mu \nu }q^\nu \gamma _5 d \)) transition current can be obtained from Eq. (19) by making the replacements \(g_i^T\rightarrow f_i^T\), \({\widetilde{g}}_i^T\rightarrow {\widetilde{f}}_i^T\), \(m_{N^*}\rightarrow -m_{N^*}\), and \(\Pi _i^{II}\rightarrow \Pi _i^{II\prime }\). The explicit form of these invariant functions for the aforementioned structures are presented in Appendix-B.

Solving these equations we can eliminate the \(\Lambda ^*\) pole from the sum rules. As the result we obtain the desired sum rules responsible for the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\) transition. In the next section we present our numerical results on these form factors.

In full QCD for describing \( \Lambda _b \rightarrow N^* \) transition we have 10 independent form factors. The number of independent form factors for \( \Lambda _b \rightarrow N^* \) transitions reduces considerably in the heavy quark limit. Using the heavy quark symmetry and the soft collinear effective theory in [13, 14, 15] it is obtained that the matrix element for \( \Lambda _b \rightarrow N^* \) transition can be in terms of only one universal function \( \xi (p v) \).
$$\begin{aligned} \langle N^* (p) \vert d \Gamma b \vert \Lambda _b (p') \rangle = \xi (pv) {\bar{u}} _{N^*} (p) \Gamma u _{\Lambda _b} (p) \end{aligned}$$
to the leading order. Using this relation and the definitions of the matrix elements in full QCD presented in Eqs. (1)–(3), we immediately get the following relations among the form factors:
$$\begin{aligned} f_1 (q^2)= & {} g_1 (q^2) = f_2^T (q^2) = g_2 ^T (q^2) = \xi (pv), \nonumber \\ f_2 (q^2)= & {} g_2(q^2) = f_3(q^2) = g _3 (q^2) \nonumber \\ \quad= & {} f_1^T (q^2) = f_2 ^T (q^2) = 0 \end{aligned}$$
At the end of this section, we would like to make the following remark. For a complete description of the heavy-to-light baryon transition form factors, it is necessary to take into account non-factorizable contributions. The non-factorizable contribution is described by following non-local matrix element:
$$\begin{aligned} h _\mu = i \int d^4 x \ e^{iqx} \langle \Lambda _b(p') \vert j _\mu ^{\mathrm {el}} (x) H _{\mathrm {eff}} (0) \vert N^* (p) \rangle . \end{aligned}$$
The \( h _\mu \) generated by the including to the matrix element of the four-quark operators with \( \Delta B = 1 \) effective weak Hamiltonian together with electromagnetic current for relevant quarks. The matrix element \( h _\mu \) does not factorize into multiplication of leptonic current and form factors. The contributions can be described by “hard spectator scattering”, “weak annihilation”, “hard vertex corrections”, “soft gluon radiations” (see Fig. 3. These figures are taken from [16]). For calculations of these contributions some non-perturbative approaches are needed (More details about the non-factorizable effects, see [15]).

In the present work, we calculate only factorizable contributions and we plan to present a detailed analysis of the non-factorizable contributions elsewhere in future.

3 Numerical analysis

In this section we present our numerical results on the form factors that describe the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\) transition. First let us specify the input parameters which are needed in performing the numerical calculations. The masses of the \(\Lambda _b\) and \(\Lambda _b^*\) baryons which we use in our calculations are \(\Lambda _b = 5.62\) GeV and \(\Lambda _b^*= 5.85~\mathrm{GeV}\), and the mass of the nucleon is \(m_{N^*} = 1.52\) GeV [17]. The residues \(\lambda _{\Lambda _b}\) and \(\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*}\) of the relevant baryons are taken from [5] having the values \(\lambda _{\Lambda _b} = (6.5 \pm 1.5)\times 10^{-2}~\mathrm{GeV}^3\) and \(\lambda _{\Lambda _b^*} = (7.5 \pm 2.0)\times 10^{-2}~\mathrm{GeV}^3\). The mass of the b quark is assigned to its \({\overline{MS}}\) given as \(m_b = (4.16 \pm 0.03)~\mathrm{GeV}\) [17]. The values of the quark condensates of the light quarks are taken as, \(\langle {\bar{u}} u \rangle (1~\mathrm{GeV}) = \langle {\bar{d}} d \rangle (1~\mathrm{GeV}) = - (246_{-19}^{+28}~\mathrm{MeV})^3\). As has already been noted the main nonperturbative parameters are DAs of the \(N^*\) baryon. The expressions of the \(N^*\) DAs, as well as the coefficients \(\phi _i^{(\pm ,0)}\), \(\psi _i^{(\pm ,0)}\), and \(\xi _i^{(\pm ,0)}\), appearing in the DAs are obtained in [12] (also in [18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23]), and for completeness they are presented in Appendix A.
Fig. 1

The dependence of the differential branching ratio for the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\mu ^+ \mu ^-\) transition on s, at \(s_0=40~GeV^2\), and \(M^2=25~\mathrm{GeV}^2\)

Fig. 2

The same as in Fig. 1, but for the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\tau ^+ \tau ^-\) transition

Fig. 3

Diagrams describing non-factorizable contributions to \( \Lambda _b\rightarrow N^*\ell ^+\ell ^- \) decay. Here, the black square corresponds to the four quark operators in the weak Hamiltonian and the crossed circle indicates possible radiation of the virtual photon

The sum rules for the transition form factors contain three auxiliary parameters: The Borel mass parameter \(M^2\), the continuum threshold \(s_0\) and the arbitrary parameter \(\beta \). The Borel mass parameter and the continuum threshold \(s_0\) are determined from the criteria that the sum rule dictates, i.e., the suppression of the contributions coming from the continuum states and the higher twist contributions should be satisfied. Our analysis shows that the working regions of \(M^2\) and \(s_0\) lie in the region \(M^2 = (10 \pm 5)~\mathrm{GeV}^2\), \(s_0 = (40 \pm 1)~\mathrm{GeV}^2\), when aforementioned conditions are fulfilled, and hence sum rules predictions are reliable. The final step of our analysis is is the determination of the working region of the parameter \(\beta \). Our numerical study shows that when \(-1 \le \cos \theta \le -0.5\), where \(\tan \theta = \beta \) the results for the residues and masses are rather stable with respect to the variation of \(\beta \), and we choose \(\beta = -1\).

The LCSR predictions are reliable up to the range \(q^2 \le q_{max}^2=(m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*})^2\). In order to calculate the decay width the LCSR predictions for the form factors need to be extrapolated to the whole physical region. For this purpose we use the z-series parametrization that is proposed in [24],
$$\begin{aligned} z(q^2, t_{0}) = \frac{\sqrt{t_{+}-q^2}-\sqrt{t_{+}-t_0}}{\sqrt{t_+-q^2}+ \sqrt{t_+-t_0}}, \end{aligned}$$
where \(t_0 = (m_{\Lambda _b} - m_{N^*})^2\), \(t_+ = (m_B + m_\pi )^2\). The parametrization that best reproduces the form factors predicted by the LCSR in the region \(q^{2}\le 11~\mathrm{GeV}^{2}\), is given as
$$\begin{aligned} f(q^2)= & {} \frac{1}{1-q^2/(m_{\mathrm{pole}}^f)^2} \nonumber \\&\Big \{ a_0^f + a_1^f\,z(q^2,t_0) + a_2^f \Big [z(q^2,t_0)\Big ]^2 \Big \}. \end{aligned}$$
For the pole masses we use,
$$\begin{aligned} m_{pole} = \left\{ \begin{array}{rl} m_{B^*} = 5.325~ GeV &{} \!\hbox {for~~} f_1, f_2, f_{1}^T, f_{2}^T;{\widetilde{g}}_1, {\widetilde{g}}_2, {\widetilde{g}}_{1}^T, {\widetilde{g}}_{2}^T \\ m_{B_1} = 5.723~ GeV &{} \!\hbox {for~~} g_1, g_2, g_{1}^T, g_{2}^T; {\widetilde{f}}_1, {\widetilde{f}}_2, {\widetilde{f}}_{1}^T, {\widetilde{f}}_{2}^T \\ m_{B_0} = 5.749~ GeV &{} \!\hbox {for~~} f_3;~{\widetilde{g}}_3\\ m_{B} = 5.280~ GeV &{} \!\hbox {for~~} g_3;~{\widetilde{f}}_3 \end{array} \right. \end{aligned}$$
In Tables 1 and 2 we present the fit parameters \(a_0\), \(a_1\) and \(a_2\) that results from our numerical analysis.

From the results for the form factors (see Tables 1 and 2), we observe that the LQSR-2 predictions nicely reproduce the relations among form factors given in Eq. (23).

Using the definition of the form factors the differential decay width is calculated in the standard manner whose result is given below:
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{d\Gamma (s)}{ds}= & {} \frac{G^2\alpha ^2 m_{\Lambda _b}}{4096 \pi ^5}| V_{tb}V_{td}^*|^2 v \sqrt{\lambda (1,r,s)} \, \Bigg [ T_1(s) +\, \frac{1}{3} T_2(s)\Bigg ],\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
where \(v_\ell =\sqrt{1- 4 m_\ell ^2/q^2}\) is the lepton velocity, \(\lambda (1, r, s)=1+r^2+s^2-2r-2 s-2r s\), \(s=q^2/m_{\Lambda _{b}}\), and \(r=m_{N^*}^2/m_{\Lambda _{b}}^2\), \(\alpha \) is the fine structural constant, and the expressions of \(\Gamma _1(s)\) and \(\Gamma _2(s)\) are given in the Appendix-C.

The dependence of the differential branching ratios on \(q^2\) for the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\mu ^+ \mu ^-\) and \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\tau ^+ \tau ^-\) decays, at \(s_0=40~\mathrm{GeV}^2\), \(M^2=25~\mathrm{GeV}^2\) and \(\beta =-1\) are presented in Figs. 1 and 2, respectively. In these figures the graphical results predicted by the LCSR-1 and LCSR-2 cases are shown together (Fig. 3).

Performing integration over s in the range \(4 m_\ell ^2 /m_{\Lambda _b}^2 \le s \le (1-\sqrt{r})^2\), we obtain the branching ratios for the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-~ (\ell =e,\mu ,\tau )\) decays in the case when long distance effects are due to the \(J/\psi \) family, and these results are given in Table 3.
Table 3

Branching ratios for the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-,~ (\ell =e,\mu ,\tau )\) decays




\(\hbox {Br}(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*e^+ e^-)\)

\((4.62 {\pm } 1.85) {\times } 10^{-8}\)

\((3.56 {\pm } 1.42){\times } 10^{-8}\)

\(\hbox {Br}(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\mu ^+ \mu ^-)\)

\((4.25 {\pm } 1.50) {\times } 10^{-8}\)

\((3.25 {\pm } 1.24){\times } 10^{-8}\)

\(\hbox {Br}(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\tau ^+ \tau ^-)\)

\((0.25 {\pm } 0.09 ){\times }10^{-8}\)

\((0.180 {\pm } 0.067){\times }10^{-8}\)

It follows from these results that, especially for the e and \(\mu \) channels, the branching ratios are quite large and could potentially be measurable at LHCb. The discovery of these decays would provide useful information about the inner structure of the \(N^*\) baryon.

Finally, a comparison of the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N \ell ^+ \ell ^-\) and \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decays shows that the central values of the branching ratio of the former is approximately two (eight) times larger than the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*e^+ e^-\) (\(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\tau ^+ \tau ^-\)) decays.

4 Conclusion

In this work the transition form factors of the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\ell ^+ \ell ^-\) decay are estimated, which is an alternative approach to extract information about the inner properties of the \(N^*\) baryon. The contribution coming from the \(\Lambda _b^*\) baryon is eliminated by constructing the sum rules with the choice of several different Lorentz structures. Using this result, we also calculate the branching ratio of the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N \ell ^+ \ell ^-\) and decays. We see that the branching ratios of the \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*e^+ e^-\) and \(\Lambda _b \rightarrow N^*\mu ^+ \mu ^-\) seem to be large enough to be detected at LHCb.



We sincerely thank Dr. M. Emmerich for providing us explicit forms of the DAs of the \(N^*\) baryon. One of the authors, T. Barakat, thanks to the International Scientific Partnership Program ISPP at the King Saud University for funding his research work through ISPP no: 0038.


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