In an attempt to explain the recent measurements on the radiative decays of the vector-mesons (V→Pγ), we study the consequences of introducing a small admixture of SU (3) singlet piece in the electromagnetic current. We find that this leads to an excellent fit of the theory with the new measurements on theV→Pγ decays. However, this addition adversely affects the fit of the leptonic decays of the vector mesons (V→e+e−) and of the radiative decay of the pion (π→2γ). We conclude that the overall fit to the available data does not favour a large (>10%) admixture of the SU(3) singlet. The decay rates have been calculated in the vectormeson dominance model. At the hadronic vertex (VVP), we assume asymptotic nonet symmetry. The electromagnetic couplings (V−γ) are the ones appropriate to vector-mixing.
Volume 96, 2022
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