# \(\Xi _c\) and \(\Xi _b\) excited states within a \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \)HQSS model

## Abstract

We study odd parity \(J=1/2\) and \(J=3/2\) \(\Xi _c\) resonances using a unitarized coupled-channel framework based on a \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \)HQSS-extended Weinberg–Tomozawa baryon–meson interaction, while paying a special attention to the renormalization procedure. We predict a large molecular \(\Lambda _c {\bar{K}}\) component for the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) with a dominant \(0^-\) light-degree-of-freedom spin configuration. We discuss the differences between the \(3/2^-\) \(\Lambda _c(2625)\) and \(\Xi _c(2815)\) states, and conclude that they cannot be SU(3) siblings, whereas we predict the existence of other \(\Xi _c\)-states, one of them related to the two-pole structure of the \(\Lambda _c(2595)\). It is of particular interest a pair of \(J=1/2\) and \(J=3/2\) poles, which form a HQSS doublet and that we tentatively assign to the \(\Xi _c(2930)\) and \(\Xi _c(2970)\), respectively. Within this picture, the \(\Xi _c(2930)\) would be part of a SU(3) sextet, containing either the \(\Omega _c(3090)\) or the \(\Omega _c(3119)\), and that would be completed by the \(\Sigma _c(2800)\). Moreover, we identify a \(J=1/2\) sextet with the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) state and the recently discovered \(\Sigma _b(6097)\). Assuming the *equal spacing rule* and to complete this multiplet, we predict the existence of a \(J=1/2\) \(\Omega _b\) odd parity state, with a mass of 6360 MeV and that should be seen in the \(\Xi _b {\bar{K}}\) channel.

## 1 Introduction

The study of heavy baryons with charm or bottom content has been the subject of much interest over the past years in view of newly discovered states [1]. In particular, there has been a tremendous effort to understand the nature of the experimental states within conventional quarks models, QCD sum-rules frameworks, QCD lattice analysis or molecular baryon–meson models (see Refs. [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] for recent reviews).

The attention has been recently revived by the experimental observation of several excited states. Recent detections have been reported by the LHCb Collaboration regarding five \(\Omega _c\) excited states in the \(\Xi _c^+ K^-\) spectrum in *pp* collisions [8], and the excited \(\Xi _b(6227)\) state in \(\Lambda _b^0 K^-\) and \(\Xi _b^0 \pi ^-\) invariant mass spectra also in *pp* collisions [9]. Moreover, the Belle Collaboration has confirmed the observation of four of the excited \(\Omega _c\) states [10], and detected the \(\Xi _c(2930)\) state in its decay to \(\Lambda _c^+ K^-\) in \(B^- \rightarrow K^- \Lambda _c^+ {{\bar{\Lambda }}}_c^-\) decays [11].

Excited \(\Xi _c\) states below 3 GeV and the excited \(\Xi _b\) state found experimentally [1]. We show the assigned \(J^P\) (when possible), the mass \(\mathrm{M}\) and width \(\Gamma \), as well as the decay channels

Baryon | \(J^P\) |
| \(\Gamma \) (MeV) | Decay channels |
---|---|---|---|---|

\(\Xi _c(2790)^+/\Xi _c(2790)^0\) | \(1/2^-\) | \(2792.4 \pm 0.5/2794.1 \pm 0.5 \) | \( 8.9 \pm 1.0/10.0 \pm 1.1\) | \(\Xi _c' \pi \) |

\(\Xi _c(2815)^+/\Xi _c(2815)^0\) | \(3/2^-\) | \(2816.73 \pm 0.21/2820.26 \pm 0.27 \) | \(2.43 \pm 0.26/2.54 \pm 0.25\) | \(\Xi _c' \pi \), \(\Xi _c^* \pi \) |

\(\Xi _c(2930)^+/ \Xi _c(2930)^0\) | ? | \(2942 \pm 5/2929.7 ^{+2.8}_{-5.0}\) | \(15 \pm 9/26 \pm 8\) | \(\Lambda _c^+ K^-\), \(\Lambda _c^+ K_S^0\) |

\(\Xi _c(2970)^+ / \Xi _c(2970)^0\) | ? | \(2969.4 \pm 0.8/2967.8^{+0.9}_{-0.7}\) | \(20.9^{+2.4}_{-3.5}/28.1 ^{+3.4}_{-4.0}\) | \(\Lambda _c^+ {\bar{K}} \pi \), \(\Sigma _c {\bar{K}}\), \(\Xi _c 2 \pi \), \(\Xi _c' \pi \), \(\Xi _c^* \pi \) |

\(\Xi _b(6227)\) | ? | \(6226.9 \pm 2\) | \(18 \pm 6\) | \(\Lambda _b^0 K^-\), \(\Xi _b^0 \pi ^-\) |

With regards to \(\Xi _c\), the theoretical analysis based on the local hidden gauge formalism has shown that not only the \(\Xi _c(2930)\) can have a molecular interpretation, but also other \(\Xi _c\) states around 3 GeV reported in the PDG [1]. In particular, the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) would be a \(J^P=1/2^-\) molecular state, whereas \(\Xi _c(2930)\), \(\Xi _c(2970)\), \(\Xi _c(3055)\) and \(\Xi _c(3080)\) could be described as molecules with either \(1/2^-\) or \(3/2^-\) [18]. On the other hand, the same model has produced two states for \(\Xi _b(6227)\) with masses close to the experimental one with similar widths, being the spin–parity assignment either \(1/2^-\) or \(3/2^-\) [18]. The \(\Xi _b\) state has been also studied within a unitarized model that uses the leading-order chiral Lagrangian in Refs. [19, 20], identifying the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) state as a *S*-wave \(\Sigma _b {\bar{K}}\) molecule, with a preferred \(1/2^-\) spin–parity assignment [20].

Over the past years, a unitarized coupled-channel scheme has been developed in Refs. [21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27] that implements heavy-quark spin symmetry (HQSS), which is a proper QCD symmetry that appears when the quark masses, such as that of the charm or bottom quark, become larger than the typical confinement scale. This approach is based on a consistent \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}} \times \mathrm{HQSS}\) extension of the Weinberg–Tomozawa (WT) \(\pi N\) interaction, where “lsf” stands for light quark–spin–flavor symmetry, respectively. Within this framework, it has been identified a two-pole pattern for the \(\Lambda _c(2595)\) resonance^{1} [21, 23], similar to the \(\Lambda (1405)\) [29, 30, 31]. The same scheme has also generated dynamically the \(\Lambda _b(5912)\) and \(\Lambda _b(5920)\) narrow resonances, discovered by LHCb [32], which turn out to be HQSS partners, naturally explaining their approximate mass degeneracy [24].

More recently, the work of Ref. [23] has been revisited in view of the newly discovered \(\Omega _c\) states, paying a special attention to the renormalization procedure used in the unitarized coupled-channel model and its impact on the \(\Omega _c\) sector. In Ref. [33] it was shown that some (probably at least three) of the \(\Omega _c\) states experimentally observed by LHCb would have \(1/2^-\) or \(3/2^-\).

The discovery of the \(\Xi _c(2930)\) and \(\Xi _b(6227)\) has stimulated and motivated further research along this line. In the present work we follow a similar procedure as described in [33] and study the possible molecular interpretation of those states, revisiting the previous works on the \(\Xi _c\) [23] and \(\Xi _b\) [24] sectors. However, in the \(\Xi _c\) sector we do not restrict ourselves to the recent \(\Xi _c(2930)\) observation, but analyze all excited \(\Xi _c\) states found experimentally with masses up to 3 GeV [1]. The four excited \(\Xi _c\) states with masses below 3 GeV and the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) are collected in Table 1, showing the assigned spin–parity \(J^P\) (when possible) as well as masses, widths, and decay channels. In this work we pay a special attention to the dependence on the renormalization scheme as well as to the flavor-symmetry content of the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}} \times \mathrm{HQSS}\) model, as we determine the possible HQSS partners and siblings among the experimental states while predicting new ones. Thus, we follow the discussion of Ref. [23] on its spin–flavor symmetry breaking pattern. Flavor SU(4) is not a good symmetry in the limit of a heavy charm quark, for this reason, instead of the breaking pattern SU(8) \(\supset \) SU(4), we consider the pattern SU(8) \(\supset \) SU(6), since the light spin–flavor group [SU(6)] is decoupled from heavy-quark spin transformations. This allows us to implement HQSS in the analysis and to unambiguously identify the corresponding multiplets among the resonances generated dynamically. At the same time, we are also able to assign approximate heavy [SU(8)] and light [SU(6)] spin–flavor multiplet labels to the states.

This work is organized as follows. In Sect. 2 we present the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}} \times \mathrm{HQSS}\) extension of the WT interaction, while in Sect. 3 we show our results for the \(\Xi _c\) and \(\Xi _b\) states,^{2} respectively, and the possible experimental identification. Finally, in Sect. 4 we present our conclusions, emphasizing the possible classification of these experimental states according to the flavor-symmetry content of the scheme, while predicting new observations.

## 2 Formalism

We consider the sector with charm \(C=1\), strangeness \(S=-1\) and isospin \(I=1/2\) quantum numbers, where the \(\Xi _c(2930)\) state has been observed by the Belle Collaboration [11]. Also, we examine the bottom \(B=-1\), strangeness \(S=-1\) and isospin \(I=1/2\), where the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) has been found [9]. In order to do so, we revise the results in Ref. [23] for the \(\Xi _c\) states and in Ref. [24] for \(\Xi _b\) ones.

In the case of the \(C=1\), \(S=-1\) and \(I=1/2\) sector, the building-blocks are the pseudoscalar (\(D_s, D, K, \pi ,\eta , {{\bar{K}}}\)) and vector (\(D_s^*, D^*,K^*, \rho ,\omega , {{\bar{K}}}^{*}, \phi \)) mesons, and the spin-1/2 (\(\Lambda \), \(\Sigma \), \(\Xi \), \(\Lambda _c\), \(\Sigma _c\), \(\Xi _c\), \(\Xi '_c\), \(\Omega _c\)), and spin-3/2 (\(\Sigma ^*_c\), \(\Xi ^*_c\), \(\Omega _c^*\)) charmed baryons [21, 23]. For the bottom sector \(B=-1\), \(S=-1\) and \(I=1/2\), one can substitute the *c* quark by a *b* quark, and we have the pseudoscalar (\({\bar{B}}_s, {\bar{B}}, K, \pi ,\eta , {{\bar{K}}}\)) and vector (\({\bar{B}}_s^*,{\bar{B}}^*,K^*, \rho ,\omega , {{\bar{K}}}^{*}, \phi \)) mesons, and the spin-1/2 (\(\Lambda \), \(\Sigma \), \(\Xi \), \(\Lambda _b\), \(\Sigma _b\), \(\Xi _b\), \(\Xi '_b\), \(\Omega _b\)), and spin-3/2 (\(\Sigma ^*_b\), \(\Xi ^*_b\), \(\Omega _b^*\)) baryons [24]. All baryon–meson pairs with \((C=1/B=-1, S=-1, I=1/2)\) quantum numbers span the coupled-channel space for a given total angular momentum (*J*).

*S*-wave tree level amplitudes between two baryon–meson channels are given by the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}} \times \mathrm{HQSS}\) WT kernel,

*i*channel, respectively, and \(E_i\) is the center-of-mass energy of the baryon in the same channel,

*J*is done as explained in Refs. [23, 34, 35]. In [34], only \(J=1/2\) baryons and pseudoscalar mesons are considered. The inclusion of spin \(J=3/2\) baryons and vector mesons was discussed in Appendix A of Ref. [23], using results derived in [35]. The hadron masses, meson decay constants, \(f_i\), and \(D_{ij}^J\) matrices are taken from Refs. [23, 24], where the underlying \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}} \times \) HQSS group structure of the interaction has been considered.

*P*the total momentum of the system such that \(P^2=s\). We omit the index

*J*from here on for simplicity. The bare loop function is logarithmically ultraviolet (UV) divergent and needs to be renormalized. This can be done by separating the divergent and finite parts of the loop function,

*C*,

*S*,

*I*) or (

*B*,

*S*,

*I*) sectors. This common scale \(\mu \) is chosen to be independent of total angular momentum

*J*[13, 36], and it is the approach used in the previous works of Refs. [23, 24].

*T*matrix describe the odd-parity dynamically-generated \(\Xi _c\) and \(\Xi _b\) states, which appear in the first and second Riemann sheets (FRS and SRS). Poles of the scattering amplitude on the FRS below threshold are bound states, whereas poles on the SRS below the real axis and above threshold are resonances. The mass and the width of the bound state/resonance can be found from the position of the pole on the complex energy plane. At the complex pole, the

*T*-matrix is given by

*i*, which is determined from Cauchy’s theorem of residues. Thus, the dimensionless couplings \(g_i\) are obtained by first assigning an arbitrary sign to one of them (\(g_1\)), so

## 3 Results

### 3.1 \(\Xi _c\) excited states

Masses and widths of the \(c_1\) to \(c_9\) states with \(J=1/2\) or \(J=3/2\) and odd parity in the \(C=1\), \(S=-1\) and \(I=1/2\) sector, together with the couplings (in modulus) to the dominant baryon–meson channels (\(g > 1\)) and the couplings to the decay channels reported experimentally for the \(\Xi _c\) states. All results have been obtained for \(\Lambda =1150\) MeV. We also indicate the possible experimental identification as well as the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \) HQSS, SU(6) and SU(3) irreducible representations of these states. We use the notation \(\mathbf{R_{2J_C+1,C}}\), where \(\mathbf{R}\) is the SU(6) irreducible representation (irrep) label (for which we use the dimension), \(J_C\) is the spin carried by the quarks with charm (1/2 in all cases) and *C* the charm content (1 in all cases). In addition, we also use \(\mathbf{r_{2J+1}}\), where \(\mathbf{r}\) is the SU(3) irrep, with *J* the total angular momentum of the state (see Ref. [23] for details)

Irreps | State |
| \({{\varvec{\Gamma }}}\) (MeV) | \({\mathbf {J}}\) | Couplings | Experiment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_2})\) | \(c_1\) | 2773.59 | 10.52 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _c \pi } = 0.5\), \(g_{\Xi '_c \pi } = 0.3\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}} = 1.3 \), \(g_{\Sigma _c \bar{K}}=0.9\) , \( g_{\Lambda D} = 1.6 \), \( g_{\Sigma D} = 1.5 \), \( g_{\Lambda D^*} = 2.9 \), \(g_{\Sigma D^*} = 1.0 \), \( g_{\Xi '_c \rho } = 1.0\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}^*} = 0.2\) | \(\Xi _c(2790)\) |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {15_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_2})\) | \(c_2\) | 2627.5 | 38.84 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _c \pi } =1.8\), \(g_{\Xi '_c \pi }=0.04\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}} =1.2\), \(g_{\Sigma _c \bar{K}}=0.1\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}^*} =0.04\), \(g_{\Sigma D} =1.2\), \(g_{\Lambda D^*} =1.0\), \(g_{\Sigma D^*} =1.9\) | |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_2})\) | \(c_3\) | 2790.99 | 16.09 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _c \pi } = 0.3\), \(g_{\Xi '_c \pi } = 0.8\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}} = 0.2 \), \(g_{\Sigma _c \bar{K}} =1.7\), \(g_{\Sigma D} =2.6\), \(g_{\Lambda D^*} =2.2\), \(g_{\Xi '_c \eta } =1.1\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}^*} =1.0\), \(g_{\Sigma D^*} =2.3\), \(g_{\Sigma _c \bar{K}^*} =1.1\), \(g_{\Xi D_s^* } =1.7\) | |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_4})\) | \(c_4\) | 2850.89 | 6.76 | 3/2 | \(g_{\Xi _c^* \pi }= 0.6\), \(g_{\Sigma _c^* \bar{K}} = 2.2\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}^*} = 1.5\), \(g_{\Xi _c^* \eta } = 1.1\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* D} = 1.1\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* D^*} = 1.5\), \(g_{\Sigma _c^* \bar{K}^*} = 1.8\) | \(\Xi _c(2815)\) |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {15_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_2})\) | \(c_5\) | 2715.23 | 12.28 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _c \pi } =0.2\), \(g_{\Xi '_c \pi } = 1.8\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}} =0.5\), \(g_{\Sigma _c \bar{K}} = 1.2\), \(g_{\Lambda D} = 3.1\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}^*} =0.1\), \(g_{\Sigma D} = 1.5\) | |

\((\mathbf {120}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_2})\) | \(c_6\) | 2807 | 1.82 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _c \pi } = 0.1\), \(g_{\Xi '_c \pi } = 0.1\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}} = 0.2\) \(g_{\Sigma _c \bar{K}} =1.4\), \(g_{\Sigma D} =1.6\), \(g_{\Lambda D^*} =1.1\), \(g_{\Sigma D^*} =4.3\), \(g_{\Xi D_s} =1.1\), \(g_{\Sigma _c \bar{K}^*} =1.4\), \(g_{\Xi D_s^* } =1.9\) | |

\((\mathbf {120}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_2})\) | \(c_7\) | 2922.5 | 2.48 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _c \pi } =0.2\), \(g_{\Xi '_c \pi }=0.03\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}} =0.2\), \(g_{\Sigma _c \bar{K}}=0.1\), \(g_{\Lambda D} = 1.8\), \(g_{\Sigma D} = 1.4\), \(g_{\Lambda D^*} = 1.7\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}^*} = 1.2\), \(g_{\Sigma D^*} = 1.5\), \(g_{\Xi _c \rho } = 1.2\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* D^* }= 3.7\), \(g_{\Sigma _c \bar{K}^*} = 1.1\), \(g_{\Xi _c^* \rho } = 1.0\), \(g_{\Xi ^* D_s^*} = 1.9\) | \(\Xi _c(2930)\) |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {15_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_4})\) | \(c_8\) | 2792.06 | 22.79 | 3/2 | \(g_{\Xi _c^* \pi } = 1.7\), \(g_{\Sigma _c^* \bar{K}} = 1.0\), \(g_{\Lambda D^*} = 2.4\), \(g_{\Sigma D^*} = 1.2\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}^*} = 0.2\) | |

\((\mathbf {120}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_4})\) | \(c_9\) | 2942.05 | 1.46 | 3/2 | \(g_{\Xi _c^* \pi }=0.2\), \(g_{\Sigma _c^* \bar{K}}=0.2\), \(g_{\Lambda _c \bar{K}^*} =0.4\), \(g_{\Lambda D^*} = 2.7\), \(g_{\Sigma D^*} = 2.2\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* D} = 2.8\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* D^*} = 3.4\), \(g_{\Xi ^* D_s} = 1.4\), \(g_{\Xi ^* D_s^*} = 1.8\) | \(\Xi _c(2970)\) |

We start by revising the results Ref. [23] in the \(\Xi _c\) sector in order to understand whether the experimental states can be accommodated in our model. The widths of our \(\Xi _c\) states as a function of their masses in the \(J=1/2\) and \(J=3/2\) sectors are shown in the upper and lower plots of Fig. 1, respectively, together with different baryon–meson thresholds, to which they can couple. The dynamically generated states of Ref. [23] are displayed with a cross and the ”DR” legend, as those have been obtained using one subtraction at certain scale or dimensional regularization. In what follows, we label the states as \(c_1\dots c_9\), and they correspond to those given in Table V of Ref. [23]. They have either \(J^P=1/2^-\) or \(J^P=3/2^-\) and are ordered by their mass position. Hence, \(c_1\) (\(c_9\)) corresponds to the lightest (heaviest) state of mass 2699.4 MeV (2845.2 MeV), among those quoted in the mentioned table, where their SU(6) and SU(3) quantum numbers are also given. We observe that the masses of our \(\Xi _c\) states using one subtraction constant (DR) are below or close to the experimental \(\Xi _c(2790)\) or \(\Xi _c(2815)\) states, while being far below in mass with respect to \(\Xi _c(2930)\) or \(\Xi _c(2970)\).

*x*from 0 to 1 while following the evolution of the states, as seen in Fig. 1. The \(c_1\) to \(c_9\) states for a \(\Lambda =1090\) MeV are shown with a triangle. We find that most of these states move to higher energies, except for \(c_2\), \(c_5\) and \(c_8\), whereas getting closer to the experimental values. Note that fot this cutoff, the \(J^P = 1/2^-\) \(c_1\) state become virtual above the \(\Lambda _c {\bar{K}}\) threshold.

Once we have identified our \(\Xi _c\) states in the cutoff scheme, we can assess the dependence of our results on this regulator, as well as their possible experimental identification. In Fig. 2 we show the evolution of the \(c_1\) to \(c_9\) states as we vary the cutoff from 1 GeV (triangles) to 1.2 GeV (crosses), and we also display different two-body thresholds. Moreover, in Table 2 we show masses and widths of the \(c_1\) to \(c_9\) states with \(J=1/2\) or \(J=3/2\), together with the couplings to the dominant baryon–meson channels (\(g > 1\)) and the couplings to the decay channels reported experimentally for the \(\Xi _c\) states. All these results are obtained for \(\Lambda =1150\) MeV. In this table we also indicate the possible experimental identification as well as the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \)HQSS, SU(6) and SU(3) irreducible representations (irreps), to which the \(c_1\) to \(c_9\) states belong (see Ref. [23] for group-structure details).

As we evolve the cutoff value from \(\Lambda =1000\) MeV to \(\Lambda =1200\) MeV, that is, from the right to left in Fig. 2, we observe that some of our dynamically generated resonances can be identified with the experimental states attending to the complex energy position.

In the \(J^P=1/2^-\) sector, attending to the position in the complex plane, we observe that the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) could be one of the \(c_1\), \(c_3\), \(c_6\) or even the \(c_5\) states. The identification with the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) is possible because these states couple to \(\Xi _c' \pi \), although this baryon–meson channel is not the dominant one for their dynamically generation, as seen in Table 2 for a \(\Lambda =1150\) MeV, except for \(c_5\). Indeed, this latter feature of \(c_5\) disfavors its identification with the \(\Xi _c(2790)\). This is because it would become too broad (\(\Gamma \ge 70\) MeV) for UV cutoffs of around 1 GeV, that would lead the \(c_5\) resonance to have masses closer to the experimental one, as seen in Fig. 2. In addition in the DR scheme, the mass of the \(c_5\) state is close to 2790 MeV, but its width is approximately of 84 MeV [23] (see also Fig. 1), while experimentally \(\Gamma _{\Xi _c(2790)}\sim 10\) MeV.

Looking at the behavior of the \(c_1\), \(c_3\), \(c_6\) poles with the UV cutoff in Fig. 2, it seems natural to assign the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) to the \(c_1\) pole. This state has a width of the order of 10 MeV for UV cutoffs in the region of 1.2 GeV, where it is located below the \(\Lambda _c{\bar{K}}\) threshold. At the same time, the state has large \(\Lambda _c{\bar{K}}\) and small \(\Xi _c'\pi \) couplings (see Table 2), respectively, which explains its small experimental width despite being placed well above the latter threshold, and it is natural to think that the \(\Lambda _c {\bar{K}}\) channel should play an important role in the dynamics of the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) given its proximity to that threshold. Note that the light degrees of freedom (*ldof*) in the inner structure of the \(c_1\) are predominantly coupled to \(j_{ldof}^\pi =0^-\) spin–parity quantum numbers [28]. Thus with this identification, this first odd parity excited \(\Xi _c\) state would not have a dominant configuration consisting of a spinless light diquark and a unit of angular momentum between it and the heavy quark, as argued for instance in the Belle Collaboration paper [40]. This is to say, the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) will not be a constituent quark model \(\lambda \)-mode excited state [28, 41] with \(j_{ldof}^\pi =1^-\) and hence it will not form part of any HQSS doublet, thus making the assignment to \(c_3\) unlikely. Actually, if the spin–parity quantum numbers for the \({ ldof}\) in the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) were predominantly \(1^-\), one would expect a larger width for this resonance, since its decay to the open channel \(\Xi _c' \pi \) is HQSS allowed. This is precisely the situation for the \(c_3\) that is broader than the experimental state. In summary, we conclude a large molecular \(\Lambda _c {\bar{K}}\) component for the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) that will have then a dominant \(j_{ldof}^\pi =0^-\) configuration.

Our present \(\Xi _c(2790)\) identification with the \(c_1\) pole differs from the previous assignments in Ref. [23], where the \(\Xi _c\) states were obtained using the one subtraction renormalization scheme. In this previous work, the \(c_7\) state was assigned to \(\Xi _c(2790)\) due to its closeness in energy and the sizable \(\Xi _c' \pi \) coupling within the DR scheme.

With regards to the recently discovered \(\Xi _c(2930)\), if we assume that this state has \(J^P=1/2^-\), we could identify it either with our \(c_6\) or \(c_7\) states, as they both couple to the \(\Lambda _c {\bar{K}}\) channel, although not dominantly as seen in Table 2 for a \(\Lambda =1150\) MeV. The assignment to the \(c_6\) pole is, however, disfavored because of the mass difference between this state and the experimental \(\Xi _c(2930)\). As for \(c_7\), the small \(\Lambda _c {\bar{K}}\) coupling of this state makes also somehow doubtful its identification with the \(\Xi _c(2930)\). In the case of our \(c_2\) and \(c_5\) states, we should mention that we do not have any clear experimental candidate at this point for the \(c_5\) dynamically generated \(J=1/2\) state, whereas the \(c_2\) state becomes broad and appears below 2650 MeV, thus not allowing for any reasonable experimental assignment.

For \(J^P=3/2^-\), the analysis of the evolution of the different states in Fig. 2 allows for the identification of the experimental \(\Xi _c(2815)\) with \(c_4\) or \(c_8\). These states couple to \(\Xi _c^* \pi \) in *S*-wave, although for \(c_4\), couplings to other baryon–meson states (\(\Sigma _c^*{\bar{K}}\), \(\Lambda _c{\bar{K}}^*\) or \(\Sigma _c^*{\bar{K}}^*\)) are larger as seen in Table 2. The experimental \(\Xi _c(2815)\) is quite narrow, \(\Gamma _{\Xi _c(2815)} \sim 2-3\) MeV, despite the \(\Xi _c^*\pi \) threshold being around 30 MeV below its mass. This hints to a subdominant \(\Xi _c^* \pi \) molecular component in the inner structure of this resonance. Moreover, looking at the dependence of the \(J^P= 3/2^-\) pole masses and widths with the UV cutoff displayed in Fig. 2, it seems reasonable to assign the \(c_4\) state to the \(\Xi _c(2815)\) resonance.

As for \(\Xi _c(2970)\), assuming that it has \(J=3/2^-\), we could identify it with the \(c_9\) state for values of the cutoff around \(\Lambda \simeq 1.1\) GeV. In this case, we have to take into account that this state couples to \(\Lambda _c {\bar{K}}^*\) and \(\Sigma _c^* {\bar{K}}\), and \(\Xi _c^* \pi \) (though not dominantly), and those baryon–meson channels can decay into \(\Lambda _c {\bar{K}} \pi \) and \(\Xi _c \pi \pi \), respectively. Nevertheless, the predicted width would be significantly smaller than the range of 20-30 MeV quoted in the PDG [1] and shown in Table 1. Compared to the results of Ref. [23], the \(\Xi _c(2815)\) was identified there with \(c_9\), assuming that \(\Xi _c(2790)\) and \(\Xi _c(2815)\) were the \(c_7\) and \(c_9\) HQSS partners.

*SU*(3) representation. The \(\Xi _c(2790)\) resonance belongs to an \(J=1/2\) SU(3) antitriplet irrep, and it would be the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \)HQSS (see Table 2) partner of a narrow \(\Lambda _c^*\) state discussed in [21, 23, 28]. This latter state has large (small)

*ND*and \(ND^*\) (\(\Sigma _c\pi \)) couplings, and depending on the renormalization scheme (one-subtraction or UV cutoff), it is part of a double pole pattern for the \(\Lambda _c(2595)\), similar to that found for the \(\Lambda (1405)\) within unitarized chiral models [29, 30, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47] (see related review in [1]), or it is located in the region of 2.8 GeV close to the

*ND*threshold [28].

Masses and widths of the \(b_1\) to \(b_9\) states with \(J=1/2\) or \(J=3/2\) in the \(B=-1\), \(S=-1\) and \(I=1/2\) sector, together with the couplings to the dominant baryon–meson channels and the couplings to the experimental decay channels of the \(\Xi _b(6227)\), using one-subtraction renormalization, as in Table IV of Ref. [24]. We also indicate the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \) HQSS, SU(6) and SU(3) irreducible representations of these states, as in Table 2. States with \(*\) are virtual states. Note that the \(b_8^*\) lies in the real axis, but in a sheet that is not connected to the physical sheet, thus we are not showing the couplings indicating ”R.S (real sheet) not connected”

Irreps | State | \(\mathbf {M_R}\) (MeV) | \({{{\Gamma }}_{{R}}}\) (MeV) |
| Couplings |
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\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_2})\) | \(b_1\) | 5873.98 | 0 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} = 1.3\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}} = 4.4\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^*} = 2.3\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^*} = 7.3\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s} = 2.6\), \(g_{\Xi _b \eta '}=1.0\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s^*} = 4.5\) |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {15_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_2})\) | \(b_2\) | 5940.85 | 35.59 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _b \pi } =1.8\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} =3.7\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^*} =6.2\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^*} =1.6\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s} =1.1\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s^* } =1.9\) |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_2})\) | \(b_3\) | 5880.76 | 0 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} =2.5\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}} =2.4\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^*} =1.3\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^*} =1.6\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s} =1.7\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* \bar{B}^*} =8.0\), \(g_{\Xi '_b \eta '} =1.0\), \(g_{\Xi ^* \bar{B}_s^*} =4.9\) |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_4})\) | \(b_4\) | 5880.27 | 0 | 3/2 | \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^* } =2.8\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^* } =2.8\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* \bar{B} } =5.0\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* \bar{B}^* } =6.3\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s^* } =1.8\), \(g_{\Xi ^* \bar{B}_s } =3.1\), \(g_{\Xi _b^* \eta ' } =1.0\), \(g_{\Xi ^* \bar{B}_s^* } =3.9\) |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {15_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_2})\) | \(b_5^*\) | 5949.93 | 0.7 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi '_b \pi } =1.4\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} =6.2\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^*} =3.8\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* \bar{B}^*} =1.6\), \(g_{\Xi ^* \bar{B}_s^*} =2.2\) |

\((\mathbf {120}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_2})\) | \(b_6\) | 6034.80 | 28.8 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _b \pi } =1.0\), \(g_{\Lambda _b \bar{K}} =2.0\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} =1.0\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^*} =2.1\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^*} =1.1\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s} =1.3\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s^* } =2.1\) |

\((\mathbf {120}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_2})\) | \(b_7\) | 6035.39 | 0.02 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Sigma _b \bar{K}} =2.3\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} =1.0\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}} =4.5\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^*} =2.8\), \(g_{\Xi _b \omega } =1.2\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* \bar{B}^*} =2.3\) |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {15_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_4})\) | \(b_8^*\) | 5958.20 | 0 | 3/2 | – R.S. not connected – |

\((\mathbf {120}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_4})\) | \(b_9\) | 6043.28 | 0 | 3/2 | \(g_{\Sigma _b^* \bar{K} } =2.3\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^* } =1.1\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^* } =5.5\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* \bar{B} } =1.5\), \(g_{\Xi _b \omega } =1.2\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* \bar{B}^* } =1.7\) |

On the other hand, the \(c_3\) pole belonging to (\(\mathbf {168},\mathbf {21}, \mathbf {6_2}\)) representation and the \(c_4\) of the (\(\mathbf {168},\mathbf {21}, \mathbf {6_4}\)) form a \((j_{ldof}^\pi =1^-)\)-HQSS doublet. As mentioned earlier, the \(c_4\) can be identified with the \(\Xi _c(2815)\), but we note that the \(\Xi _c(2815)\) is not the sibling of the \(\Lambda _c(2625)\) because of the different coupling strengths to \(\Xi _c^* \pi \) and \(\Sigma _c^* \pi \), respectively. Whereas \(\Xi _c(2815)\) weakly couples to \(\Xi _c^* \pi \), the \(\Lambda _c(2625)\) strongly does to \(\Sigma _c^* \pi \). However, this latter state is narrow because the \(\Sigma _c^* \pi \) channel is closed (located around 30 MeV above the mass of the resonance). Indeed, recently it has been argued that the \(\Lambda (2625)\) is probably a constituent three quark state [28, 41].

As for the \(J=1/2\) \(c_5\) and the \(J=3/2\) \(c_8\) states, those form part of a SU(6) \(\mathbf{15}\)-plet, belonging to the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \) HQSS (\(\mathbf {168},\mathbf {15}, \mathbf {3_2}\)) and (\(\mathbf {168},\mathbf {15}, \mathbf {3_4}\)) irreps [23]. They form a HQSS doublet with \(j_{ dof}^\pi =1^-\) and hence have large couplings to \(\Xi _c'\pi \) and \(\Xi _c^*\pi \), respectively. Indeed, as a good approximation, they are dynamically generated by the charmed baryon–Goldstone boson interactions. These moderately broad states are in the SU(3)\(_{2J+1}\) \(\mathbf {3^*_2}\) and \(\mathbf {3^*_4}\) irreps, which should be completed by one \(J=1/2\) and one \(J=3/2\) \(\Lambda _c\) resonances stemming from the \(\Sigma _c\pi \) and \(\Sigma ^*_c\pi \) chiral interactions [19, 28], neglecting higher energy channels. The \(J=3/2\) sibling is, however, not the \(\Lambda _c(2625)\). As mentioned before, the \(\Lambda _c(2625)\) is probably a quark model (\(\lambda \)-mode excitation) state [28, 41]. Another resonance with mass and width of around 2.7 GeV and 60 MeV [19, 28], that has not been discovered yet, would then be the SU(3) sibling of the \(c_8\) state.

The features of the \(J=1/2\) counterpart of \(c_5\) in the \(\Lambda _c\) sector are much more uncertain and depend on both the employed renormalization scheme and on the interplay between quark-model and baryon–meson degrees of freedom [28]. Thus, for instance neglecting the latter, it would appear around 2.6 GeV with a large width of 60-80 MeV because its sizable coupling to the \(\Sigma _c\pi \) pair. Within the UV cutoff RS, this state can be easily moved below the \(\Sigma _c\pi \) threshold and be identified with the narrow \(\Lambda _c(2595)\) [19]. In the DR scheme advocated in Ref. [23], this broad state, together with the \(j^\pi _{ ldof }=0^-\) narrow state mentioned above in the discussion of the \(\Xi _c(2790)\), gives rise to a double pole structure for the \(\Lambda _c(2595)\).

**d**in our previous study of the \(\Omega _c\) odd-parity resonances [33], where it was tentatively assigned either to the \(\Omega _c(3090)\) or the \(\Omega _c(3119)\) observed by the LHCb Collaboration in the \(\Xi _c{\bar{K}}\) mode [8]. This is in fact consistent with what one might expect from its \(c_7\)-sibling couplings. Assuming the

*equal spacing rule*we could predict the possible existence of a \(J=1/2^-\) \(\Sigma _c\) state around 2800 MeV that will complete the sextet. The \(\Sigma _c(2800)\) clearly fits into this picture since it is observed in the \(\Lambda _c\pi \) channel [1].

Recently there has been an analysis of the \(\Xi _c\) sector within a baryon–meson molecular model based on local hidden gauge that implements the interaction between the \(1/2^+\) and \(3/2^+\) ground-state baryons with \(0^-\) and \(1^-\) mesons [18]. The authors have found that five of their dynamically generated \(\Xi _c\) states can be identified with the experimental \(\Xi _c(2790)\), \(\Xi _c(2930)\), \(\Xi _c(2970)\), \(\Xi _c(3055)\) and \(\Xi _c(3080)\). Whereas the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) would be a \(1/2^-\) state, the \(\Xi _c(2930)\), \(\Xi _c(2970)\), \(\Xi _c(3055)\) and \(\Xi _c(3080)\) could be either \(1/2^-\) or \(3/2^-\) ones. Compared to this approach, our model identifies the experimental \(\Xi _c(2790)\) and \(\Xi _c(2930)\) as \(1/2^-\) states, and the \(\Xi _c(2815)\) and \(\Xi _c(2970)\) as \(3/2^-\). The different assignment is mainly due the distinct renormalization scheme used in the two approaches as well as the fact the interactions involving *D* and \(D^*\) and light vector mesons with baryons are not completely fixed by HQSS or chiral symmetries, thus allowing for different assumptions.

### 3.2 \(\Xi _b\) excited states

With regards to the bottom sector, the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) resonance has been recently measured by the LHCb experiment [9], with \(\Gamma _{\Xi _b(6227)} \sim 18\) MeV. Its quantum numbers, though, remain unknown, whereas the observed decay channels are \(\Lambda _b^0 K^-\) and \(\Xi _b^0 \pi ^-\) (see Table 1).

**15**representation. Instead, their should belong to the SU(6)

**21**representation, as seen in Table 3. Moreover, there is a state at 6073 MeV in Table IV in Ref. [24] that does not appear in our present calculation. The differences between of them are due to the difficulty in determining the number of states and their representations as we break the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \)HQSS symmetry to SU(3) in the bottom sector, as almost all states have zero width and states with widths closer to zero are more difficult to follow in the complex energy plane.

As Table 2, but for the \(\Xi _b\) sector (\(\Lambda =1150\) MeV)

Irreps | State | \({M_R}\) (MeV) | \({{{\Gamma }}_{{R}}}\) (MeV) |
| Couplings | Experiment |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_2})\) | \(b_1\) | 6025.46 | 25.88 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _b \pi } = 0.94\), \(g_{\Lambda _b \bar{K}} =1.4\), \(g_{\Xi _b \eta } =2.1\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}} =1.4\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^*} =2.6\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s^* } =1.3\) | |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {15_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_2})\) | \(b_2\) | 6152.61 | 15.29 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _b \pi } = 0.33\), \(g_{\Lambda _b \bar{K}} = 0.51\), \(g_{\Sigma _b \bar{K}} = 0.40\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} =1.9\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}} =2.1\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^*} =7.3\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s} =1.6\) | \(\Xi _b(6227)\) |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_2})\) | \(b_3\) | 6179.4 | 3.81 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _b \pi } = 0.05\), \(g_{\Lambda _b \bar{K}} = 0.1\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} =1.08\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}} =1.92\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^*} =1.87\), \(g_{\Omega _b K} =2.26\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s} =5.13\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s^* } =2.65\), \(g_{\Xi _b \phi } =2.29\), \(g_{\Omega _b K^*} =1.04\), \(g_{\Xi '_b \phi } =1.15\) | |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_4})\) | \(b_4\) | 6202.73 | 4.48 | 3/2 | \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^* } =2.3\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^* } =1.5\), \(g_{\Omega _b K } =2.2\), \(g_{\Xi \bar{B}_s^* } =5.5\), \(g_{\Xi _b \phi } =2.3\), \(g_{\Omega _b \bar{K}^* } =1.2\), \(g_{\Xi _b^* \phi } =1.3\) | |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {15_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_2})\) | \(b_5\) | 6243.02 | 0.74 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _b \pi } = 0.02\), \(g_{\Lambda _b \bar{K}} =0.12\), \(g_{\Sigma _b \bar{K}} =0.48\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}} =1.8\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^*} =6.9\) | |

\((\mathbf {120}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_2})\) | \(b_6\) | 6212.26 | 1.6 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _b \pi } = 0.05\), \(g_{\Lambda _b \bar{K}} = 0.01\), \(g_{\Sigma _b \bar{K}} =1.2\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} =1.3\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}} =4.9\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^*} =2.3\), \(g_{\Xi '_b \eta } =1.6\) | |

\((\mathbf {120}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_2})\) | \(b_7\) | 6327.28 | 5.29 | 1/2 | \(g_{\Xi _b \pi } = 0.01\), \(g_{\Lambda _b \bar{K}} =0.02\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}} =1.4\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}} =1.3\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^*} =1.2\), \(g_{\Lambda _b \bar{K}^*} =1.9\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^*} =1.3\), \(g_{\Xi _b \rho } =1.5\), \(g_{\Sigma ^* \bar{B}^*} =2.2\) | |

\((\mathbf {168}, \mathbf {15_{2,1}},\mathbf {3^*_4})\) | \(b_8\) | 6240.82 | 0.92 | 3/2 | \(g_{\Xi _b^* \pi } =0.15\), \(g_{\Sigma _b^* \bar{K} } =1.3\), \(g_{\Lambda \bar{B}^* } =2.0\), \(g_{\Xi _b^* \eta } =1.5\), \(g_{\Sigma \bar{B}^* } =4.8\) | |

\((\mathbf {120}, \mathbf {21_{2,1}},\mathbf {6_4})\) | \(b_9\) | 6459.42 | 0.02 | 3/2 | \(g_{\Xi ^* \bar{B}_s } =4.5\), \(g_{\Omega _b K^* } =2.2\), \(g_{\Xi '_b \phi } =3.0\), \(g_{\Xi ^* \bar{B}_s^* } =3.0\), \(g_{\Omega _b \bar{K}^* } =1.0\), \(g_{\Xi _b^* \phi } =1.3\) |

As in the \(\Xi _c\) sector, our \(b_1\) to \(b_9\) states using one-subtraction renormalization are too low in energy so as to assign any of them to the experimental \(\Xi _b(6227)\) state. Thus, we proceed as in the previous subsection and vary the renormalization scheme from one-subtraction to cutoff. In this manner, we identify our \(b_1\) to \(b_9\) states using one-subtraction renormalization with the ones within the cutoff scheme, and we study their evolution as we change the value of the cutoff.

In Fig. 3 we display the evolution of the masses and widths of the dynamically generated \(\Xi _b\) states as we vary the cutoff from \(\Lambda =1000\) MeV (triangles) to \(\Lambda =1400\) MeV, for \(J=1/2\) (upper plot) and \(J=3/2\) (lower plot). The square and its bar represent the position of the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) resonance, and the error for its mass and width, respectively. We show the experimental result (\(\Xi _b(6227)\)) for both \(J=1/2\) and \(J=3/2\) because its quantum numbers have not been determined yet. Additionally, in Table 4, we collect the masses and the widths of the \(b_1\) to \(b_9\) states with \(J=1/2\) or \(J=3/2\), together with the couplings to the dominant baryon–meson channels and the couplings to the decay channels of the \(\Xi _b(6227)\), for \(\Lambda =1150\) MeV as in the charm sector. We also indicate the \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \) HQSS, SU(6) and SU(3) irreducible representations of these states.

We might try now to assign the experimental \(\Xi _b(6227)\) to any of our states, while determining the negative parity baryons with \(B=-1\) belonging to the same \(\mathbf{3^*}\) and \(\mathbf{6}\) SU(3) representations. The observed decay modes, \(\Lambda _b^0 K^-\), \(\Xi _b^0 \pi ^-\) [9], of the resonance support that this state should have \(1/2^-\) spin–parity, assuming *S*-wave. Moreover, the \(j^\pi _{ ldof}=0^-\) component should be also quite relevant, which according to the couplings collected in Table 4 makes plausible its identification either with the \(b_1\) or \(b_2\) states. The evolution displayed in the upper plot of Fig. 3 leads us to assign the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) to the \(b_2\) state, as shown in Table 4. The \(b_2\) pole would stem from a SU(6) **15-**plet, composed of \(J=1/2\) and \(J=3/2\) SU(3) antitriplets and of a \(J=1/2\) SU(3) sextet, where the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) would be accommodated. The \(J=1/2^-\) \(\Lambda _b(5912)\) and \(J=3/2^-\) \(\Lambda _b(5920)\) (LHCb [32]) would be part of the \(\mathbf{3^*_2}\) and \(\mathbf{3^*_4}\) multiplets forming a HQSS-doublet [24]. These antritriplets should be completed by another HQSS-doublet of \(\Xi _b\) and \(\Xi ^*_b\) states, \(b_5\) and \(b_8\), that according to Fig. 3 and Table 4 should have masses around 6250 MeV and could be seen in the \(\Sigma _b^{(*)}{\bar{K}}\) and \(\Xi _b^{(\prime *)}\pi \) modes.

*equal spacing rule*, we could foresee the existence of a \(J=1/2\) \(\Omega _b\) odd parity state with a mass of around 6360 MeV that should be observed in the \(\Xi _b{\bar{K}}\) channel. Some molecular \(\Omega _b\) states were predicted previously in Ref. [49], but all of them above 6.4 GeV.

Previous works based on molecular approaches have also found the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) as a dynamically-generated state. In Refs. [19, 20] a unitarized model using the leading-order chiral Lagrangian found the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) as a *S*-wave \(\Sigma _b {\bar{K}}\) molecule, with a preferred \(1/2^-\) spin–parity assignment [20]. In our present model the \(\Lambda {\bar{B}}^*\), \(\Sigma {\bar{B}}\) and \(\Lambda {\bar{B}}\) are the dominant channels in the generation of the \(\Xi _b(6227)\), though it also couples (weakly) to \(\Sigma _b {\bar{K}}\). The main difference between models comes from the fact that our scheme has a more extensive number of channels, whereas the antitriplet and sextet multiplets of ground-state baryons mix when constructing the interaction matrices. Also, the work of Ref. [18] has also analyzed the \(\Xi _b\) sector. The authors have found two poles with masses close to the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) and widths \(\sim 25-30\) MeV, close to the experimental one, with \(1/2^-\) and \(3/2^-\) spin–parity. In our model we identify the \(\Xi _b(6227)\) as a \(1/2^-\) state and, again, the difference arises because of the renormalization scheme and the interaction matrices involving *D*, \(D^*\) and light vector mesons.

## 4 Conclusions

In this work we have explored the possible molecular interpretation of several experimental excited \(\Xi _c\) and \(\Xi _b\) states. We have used a coupled-channel unitarized model, that is based on a \(\mathrm{SU(6)}_{\mathrm{lsf}}\times \)HQSS-extended WT baryon–meson interaction, within the on-shell approximation. We have paid a special attention to the dependence of our predictions on the renormalization scheme, so as to assess the robustness of our results.

We have presented a molecular interpretation for the experimental \(\Xi _c(2790)\), \(\Xi _c(2815)\), \(\Xi _c(2930)\), \(\Xi _c(2970)\) and \(\Xi _b(6227)\) states, and have predicted the spin–parity quantum numbers of the latter three resonances. We have found that the \(\Xi _c(2790)\) state has a large molecular \(\Lambda _c {\bar{K}}\) component, with a dominant \(j_{ ldof}^\pi =0^-\) configuration, and discussed the differences between the \(3/2^-\) \(\Lambda _c(2625)\) and \(\Xi _c(2815)\) states, finding that they cannot be SU(3) siblings. We have also predicted the existence of other \(\Xi _c\)-states, not experimentally detected yet, being one of them related to the two-pole structure of the \(\Lambda _c(2595)\). Interestingly, the recently discovered \(\Xi _c(2930)\) and \(\Xi _c(2970)\) are found to be HQSS partners.

The flavor-symmetry content of the framework has also allowed us to understand the nature of the \(\Sigma _c(2800)\) and \(\Sigma _b(6097)\) states, for which we have determined their spin–parity. Moreover, we have predicted several states, some of them displayed in Figs. 4 and 5 (marked with a ? symbol). Among them, we stress the \(\Omega _b(6360)\) state, with a dominant \(\Xi _b {\bar{K}}\) contribution, in the sextet where the \(\Sigma _b(6097)\) and \(\Xi _b(6227)\) are located, together with the \(\Xi _b(6240)\) and \(\Xi _b^*(6240)\) states, partners of the HQSS doublet \(\Lambda _b(5912)\) and \(\Lambda _b(5920)\) discussed in [24].

## Footnotes

- 1.
The details of this double pole structure, generated by the \(\Sigma _c\pi \),

*ND*and \(ND^*\) coupled-channels dynamics, depend strongly on the adopted renormalization scheme, which could considerably enhance the role played by the two latter channels around the resonance energy. This is discuss in detail in Ref. [28]. - 2.
From now on we refer to excited \(\Xi _c\) and \(\Xi _b\) independently of \(1/2^-\) or \(3/2^-\) spin–parity assignment.

## Notes

### Acknowledgements

L.T. acknowledges support from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft under Project Nr. 383452331 (Heisenberg Programme) and Project Nr. 411563442. R. P. Pavao wishes to thank the Generalitat Valenciana in the program GRISOLIAP/2016/071. This research is supported by the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad and the European Regional Development Fund, under contracts FIS2017-84038-C2-1-P, FPA2013-43425-P, FPA2016-81114-P and SEV-2014-0398; the THOR COST Action CA15213; and by the EU STRONG-2020 project under the program H2020-INFRAIA-2018-1, Grant agreement no. 824093.

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