Virtual Photon Emission in Leptonic Decays of Pseudoscalar Mesons
May 16, 2022
We present a preliminary non-perturbative lattice calculation of the form factors entering the processes $K\to \ell\,\nu_\ell\,\ell'^+\,\ell'^-$ and of the corresponding branching ratios. These form factors describe the interaction between the mediating virtual photon and the internal hadronic structure of the meson. By separating them from the point-like contribution to the matrix element we are able to isolate and reconstruct the structure-dependent contribution to the decay width. Our numerical analysis employs only one gauge ensemble and so it is affected by systematic uncertainties due to the missing continuum and physical point extrapolation. Despite this, we already find a reasonable agreement with the experimental data and with the next to leading order Chiral Perturbation Theory predictions.
The method is general and can be applied to any pseudoscalar meson, though for heavier mesons the possibility of internal lighter states becomes problematic and still needs a proper study.
A non-perturbative, model-independent lattice evaluation of these processes would allow further progress in the theoretical predictions of SM hadronic quantities and in the search of New Physics.
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