# Hybrid meson decay from the lattice

Collaboration, UKQCD, McNeile, C, Michael, C and Pennanen, P
(2002) Hybrid meson decay from the lattice. Phys.Rev.D, 65 (9). 094505-.

We discuss the allowed decays of a hybrid meson in the heavy quark limit. We deduce that an important decay will be into a heavy quark non-hybrid state and a light quark meson, in other words, the de-excitation of an excited gluonic string by emission of a light quark-antiquark pair. We discuss the study of hadronic decays from the lattice in the heavy quark limit and apply this approach to explore the transitions from a spin-exotic hybrid to $\chi_b \eta$ and $\chi_b S$ where $S$ is a scalar meson. We obtain a signal for the transition emitting a scalar meson and we discuss the phenomenological implications.