Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Radiative decays with light scalar mesons and singlet–octet mixing in ChPT
Institute for Theoretical Physics, NSC Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, 1, Akademicheskaya St., Kharkiv, 61108, Ukraine
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Revised: 13 November 2007
Published online: 10 January 2008
We study different types of radiative decays involving f0(980) and a0(980) mesons within a unified ChPT-based approach at one-loop level. Light scalar resonances, which are seen in the ππ, πη and KK̄ channels of the φ(1020) radiative decays and in the J/ψ decays are responsible for key questions of low-energy dynamics in the strong interaction sector, and the decays φ(1020)→γa0(980), φ(1020)→γf0(980), a0(980)→γγ and f0(980)→γγ are of interest for current experimental programs in Jülich, Frascati and Novosibirsk. From the theoretical point of view it is important to verify whether light scalar mesons are members of some flavor octet or nonet. We find a value for the mixing angle dictated by consistency with experiment and the coupling structures of the ChPT Lagrangian. The decay widths f0(980)/a0(980)→γρ(770)/ω(782), which have not been experimentally studied yet, are predicted. We also obtain several relations between the widths, which hold independently of the coupling constants and which represent a fingerprint of the model.
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