Revisiting the new-physics interpretation of the b → cτν data
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Revisiting the new-physics interpretation of the b → cτν data


Abstract : We revisit the status of the new-physics interpretations of the anomalies in semileptonic B decays in light of the new data reported by Belle on the lepton-universality ratios R D(*) using the semileptonic tag and on the longitudinal polarization of the D * in B → D * τν, $$ {F}_L^{D\ast } $$ F L D ∗ . The preferred solutions involve new left-handed currents or tensor contributions. Interpretations with pure right-handed currents are disfavored by the LHC data, while pure scalar models are disfavored by the upper limits derived either from the LHC or from the B c lifetime. The observable $$ {F}_L^{D\ast } $$ F L D ∗ also gives an important constraint leading to the exclusion of large regions of parameter space. Finally, we investigate the sensitivity of different observables to the various scenarios and conclude that a measurement of the tau polarization in the decay mode B → Dτν would effectively discriminate among them.

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