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Model-independent analysis of semileptonic B decays to D∗∗ for arbitrary new physics


We explore semileptonic B decays to the four lightest excited charm mesons, D∗∗={D0∗,D1∗,D1,D2∗}, for nonzero charged lepton mass and for all b→cν four-Fermi interactions, including calculation of the O(ΛQCD/mc,b) and O(αs) corrections to the heavy quark limit for all form factors. In the heavy quark limit, some form factors are suppressed at zero recoil; therefore, the O(ΛQCD/mc,b) corrections can be very important. The D∗∗ rates exhibit sensitivities to new physics in b→cτν mediated decays complementary to the D and D∗ modes. Since they are also important backgrounds to B→D(∗)τν, the correct interpretation of future semitauonic B→D(∗) rate measurements requires consistent treatment of both the D∗∗ backgrounds and the signals. Our results allow more precise and more reliable calculations of these B→D∗∗ν decays and are systematically improvable by better data on the e and μ modes. As an example, we show that the D∗∗ rates are more sensitive to a new cσμνb tensor interaction than the D(∗) rates.

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