Low-energy limit of SMEFT applied to tau to pi pi nu_tau decays
2019 August 08
We perform an effective field theory analysis of the $\tau^-\to \pi^- \pi^0 \nu_\tau$ decays, that includes the most general interactions between Standard Model fields up to dimension six, assuming left-handed neutrinos. This approach corresponds to the low-energy limit of the SMEFT, which is the EFT of the SM in absence of New Physics up to few TeV. We constrain as much as possible the necessary Standard Model hadronic input using chiral symmetry, dispersion relations, data and asymptotic QCD properties. As a result, we set precise (competitive with low-energy and LHC measurements) bounds on (non-standard) charged current tensor interactions, finding a very small preference for their presence, according to Belle data. Belle-II near future measurements can thus be very useful in either confirming or further restricting new physics tensor current contributions to these decays.