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ZhiGang Wang, "Light Tetraquark State Candidates", Advances in High Energy Physics, vol. 2020, Article ID 6438730, 7 pages, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/6438730
Light Tetraquark State Candidates
Abstract
In this article, we study the axialvectordiquarkaxialvectorantidiquark type scalar, axialvector, tensor, and vector tetraquark states with the QCD sum rules. The predicted mass for the axialvector tetraquark state is in excellent agreement with the experimental value from the BESIII collaboration and supports assigning the new state to be a tetraquark state with . The predicted mass disfavors assigning or to be the vector partner of the new state. As a byproduct, we obtain the masses of the corresponding tetraquark states. The light tetraquark states lie in the region about rather than .
1. Introduction
Recently, the BESIII collaboration studied the process and observed a structure in the mass spectrum [1]. The fitted mass and width are and , respectively, with assumption of the spinparity , the corresponding significance is , while the fitted mass and width are and , respectively, with assumption of the spinparity , the corresponding significance is . The state was observed in the decay model rather than in the decay model; they may contain a large component; in other words, it may have a large tetraquark component. In Ref. [2], Wang et al. assign the state to be the second radial excitation of . In Ref. [3], Cui et al. assign to be the partner of the tetraquark state with the .
We usually assign the lowest scalar nonet mesons to be tetraquark states and assign the higher scalar nonet mesons to be the conventional quarkantiquark states [4–6]. In Ref. [7], we take the nonet scalar mesons below as the twoquarktetraquark mixed states and study their masses and pole residues with the QCD sum rules in detail and observe that the dominant Fock components of the nonet scalar mesons below are conventional twoquark states. The light tetraquark states may lie in the region about rather than lie in the region about .
In this article, we take the axialvector diquark operators as the basic constituents to construct the tetraquark current operators to study the scalar (), axialvector (), tensor (), and vector () tetraquark states with the QCD sum rules and explore the possible assignments of the new state. We take the axialvector diquark operators as the basic constituents because the favored configurations from the QCD sum rules are the scalar and axialvector diquark states [8–10]; the current operators or quark structures chosen in the present work differ from that in Ref. [3] completely.
The article is arranged as follows: we derive the QCD sum rules for the masses and pole residues of the tetraquark states in Section 2; in Section 3, we present the numerical results and discussions; Section 4 is reserved for our conclusion.
2. QCD Sum Rules for the Tetraquark States
We write down the twopoint correlation functions and firstly where , , where , , , , and are color indexes and is the charge conjugation matrix. Under charge conjugation transform , the currents and have the properties
The doubly strange diquark operators with , in color antitriplet and with , , in color sextet satisfy FermiDirac statistics. On the other hand, the scattering amplitude for onegluon exchange is proportional to where is the GellMann matrix. The negative sign in front of the antisymmetric antitriplet indicates that the interaction is attractive, which favors formation of the diquarks in color antitriplet. The positive sign in front of the symmetric sextet indicates that the interaction is repulsive, which disfavors formation of the diquarks in color sextet. The diquark states which couple potentially to the , , and operators in color sextet are expected to have larger masses than the diquark states which couple potentially to the and operators in color antitriplet . We prefer the diquark operators in color antitriplet to the diquark operators in color sextet in constructing the tetraquark current operators. Up to now, the scalar and axialvector diquark states in color antitriplet have been studied with the QCD sum rules [8–10]. In our previous studies, we observed that the pseudoscalar and vector diquark states in color antitriplet are not favored configurations and cannot lead to stable QCD sum rules, which are not included in Ref. [8]. The tensor diquark states, which have both and components, have not been studied with the QCD sum rules yet. We can draw the conclusion tentatively that the most favored quark configuration is the axialvector diquark operator . In Ref. [3], Cui et al. choose the pseudoscalar diquark operator in color sextet and vector antidiquark operator in color antisextet and axialvector diquark operator in color antitriplet and tensor antidiquark operator in color triplet to construct the axialvector currents to study the axialvector tetraquark states. In Ref. [11], we choose the color octetoctet type vector fourquark current to study ; Fierz rearrangement of this current cannot lead to a diquarkantidiquark type tensor component. In the present work, we choose the axialvector diquark (antidiquark) operators in color antitriplet (triplet ) to construct the tensor current, which is expected to couple potentially to the lowest tetraquark states, to study both the axialvector and vector tetraquark states. The quark configuration in the present work differs completely from that in Ref. [3] and Ref. [11]; it is interesting to study the new quark configuration. Furthermore, the conclusion of the present work differs completely from that of Ref. [3].
At the hadronic side, we can insert a complete set of intermediate hadronic states with the same quantum numbers as the current operators and into the correlation functions and to obtain the hadronic representation [11–14]. After isolating the ground state contributions of the scalar, axialvector, vector, and tensor tetraquark states, we get the results where ; the subscripts , , , and denote the spinparity of the corresponding tetraquark states. The pole residues and are defined by where and are the polarization vectors of the tetraquark states.
Now we contract quarks in the correlation functions with the Wick theorem; there are four quark propagators; if two quark lines emit a gluon by itself and the other two quark lines contribute a quark pair by itself, we obtain operator , which is of order with and of dimension . In this article, we take into account that the vacuum condensates up to dimension and in a consistent way. For the technical details, one can consult Refs. [7, 15]. Once the analytical expressions of the QCD spectral densities are obtained, we take the quarkhadron duality below the continuum thresholds and perform Borel transform with respect to the variable to obtain the QCD sum rules: where , , , and . and .
We derive equation (10) with respect to , then obtain the QCD sum rules for the masses of the tetraquark states through a fraction
3. Numerical Results and Discussions
We take the standard values of the vacuum condensates , , , , , and at the energy scale [12–14, 16] and choose the mass from the Particle Data Group [17] and evolve the quark mass to the energy scale with the renormalization group equation; furthermore, we neglect the small and quark masses.
We choose suitable Borel parameters and continuum threshold parameters to warrant the pole contributions (PC) are larger than , i.e., and convergence of the operator product expansion. The contributions of the vacuum condensates in the operator product expansion are defined by where the subscript in the QCD spectral density denotes the dimension of the vacuum condensates. We choose the values to warrant the convergence of the operator product expansion. In Table 1, we present the ideal Borel parameters, continuum threshold parameters, pole contributions, and contributions of the vacuum condensates of dimension 10. In Figure 1, we plot the absolute contributions of the vacuum condensates of dimension for the central values of the input parameters in the operator product expansion. Although in some cases the contributions of the perturbative terms are not the dominant contributions, the contributions of the vacuum condensates of dimensions 6 and 8 are very large; the hierarchy warrants the good convergent behavior of the operator product expansion; furthermore, the contributions , , and are very small. From Table 1 and Figure 1, we can see that the pole dominance is well satisfied and the operator product expansion is well converged; we expect to make reliable predictions.

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We take into account all uncertainties of the input parameters and obtain the values of the masses and pole residues of the tetraquark states, which are shown explicitly in Figure 2 and Table 1. In this article, we have assumed that the energy gaps between the ground state and the first radial state are about [18–20]. In Figure 2, we plot the masses of the scalar, axialvector, tensor, and vector tetraquark states with variations of the Borel parameters at larger regions than the Borel windows shown in Table 1. From the figure, we can see that there appear platforms in the Borel windows.
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From Table 1, we can see that the uncertainties of the masses are small, while the uncertainties of the pole residues are large, for example, and for the scalar tetraquark state. We obtain the tetraquark masses from a fraction, see equation (14); the uncertainties originating from the input parameters in the numerator and denominator are almost canceled out with each other, so the net uncertainties of the tetraquark masses are very small. In this article, we have neglected the perturbative corrections. For the traditional twoquark light mesons, the perturbative corrections amount to multiplying the perturbative terms with a factor for the , mesons, for the , , mesons, and for the mesons [14]. Now we estimate the possible uncertainties due to neglecting the perturbative corrections by multiplying the perturbative terms with a factor . The additional uncertainties and are shown in Table 2. From the table, we can see again that the uncertainties of the mass are small, while the uncertainties of the pole residues are large, for example, and for the scalar tetraquark state. In the QCD sum rules for the , , states, which are excellent candidates for the compact tetraquark states or loosely bound molecular states, the uncertainties of the masses are less than or about 6% [21]. Ref. [21] is the most recent review.
The predicted mass for the axialvector tetraquark state is in excellent agreement with the experimental value from the BESIII collaboration [1], which supports assigning the new state to be an axialvectordiquarkaxialvectorantidiquark type tetraquark state. The predicted mass for the vector tetraquark state lies above the experimental value of the mass of or , , from the Particle Data Group, and disfavors assigning or to be the vector partner of the new state. If have a tetraquark component, it may have color octetoctet component [11]. As a byproduct, we obtain the masses and pole residues of the corresponding tetraquark states, which are shown in Table 1. The present predictions can be confronted to the experimental data in the future.
Now we perform Fierz rearrangement to the currents both in the color and Diracspinor spaces
The diquarkantidiquark type currents can be rearranged into currents as special superpositions of color singletsinglet type currents, which couple potentially to the mesonmeson pairs or molecular states; the diquarkantidiquark type tetraquark states can be taken as special superpositions of mesonmeson pairs and embody the net effects. The decays to their components are OkuboZweigIizuka supperallowed; we can search for those tetraquark states in the decays
4. Conclusion
In this article, we construct the axialvectordiquarkaxialvectorantidiquark type currents to interpolate the scalar, axialvector, tensor, and vector tetraquark states, then calculate the contributions of the vacuum condensates up to dimension 10 in the operator product expansion and obtain the QCD sum rules for the masses and pole residues of those tetraquark states. The predicted mass for the axialvector tetraquark state is in excellent agreement with the experimental value, , from the BESIII collaboration and supports assigning the new state to be an axialvectordiquarkaxialvectorantidiquark type tetraquark state. The predicted mass for the vector tetraquark state lies above the experimental value of the mass of , , from the Particle Data Group and disfavors assigning to be the vector partner of the new state. As a byproduct, we also obtain the masses and pole residues of the corresponding tetraquark states. The present predictions can be confronted to the experimental data in the future.
Data Availability
All data included in this manuscript are available upon request by contacting with the corresponding author.
Conflicts of Interest
The author declares that they have no conflicts of interest.
Acknowledgments
This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (Grant number 11775079).
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