The photon spectrum in Y decays

Sean Fleming, Adam K. Leibovich

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We present a theoretical prediction for the photon spectrum in radiative Y decay. Parts of the spectrum have already been understood, but an understanding of the end point region has remained elusive. In this paper we provide the missing piece, and resolve a controversy in the literature. We treat the end point region of Y →Xγ decay within the framework of the soft-collinear effective theory (SCET). Within this approach the Y structure function arises naturally, and kinematic logarithms are summed by running operators using renormalization group equations. In a previous paper we studied the color-octet contribution to the decay. Here we treat the color-singlet contribution. We combine our result with previous results to obtain the Y→Xγ spectrum. We find that resumming the color-singlet contribution in the end point gives a result that is in much better aoreement with the data than the leading order prediction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number074035
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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