
We study the weak decay of the Lambda(b) into J/psi K Xi. and J/psi eta Lambda states, and relate these processes to the Lambda(b) > J/psi(K) over barN decay mode. The elementary weak transition at the quark level proceeds via the creation of a J/psi meson and an excited sud system with I = 0, which upon hadronization leads to (K) over barN or eta Lambda pairs. These states undergo finalstate interaction in coupled channels and produce a final mesonbaryon pair. The K. state only occurs via rescattering, hence making the Lambda(b) > J/psi K Xi process very sensitive to the details of the mesonbaryon interaction in strangeness S = 1 and isospin I = 0. We show that the corresponding invariant mass distribution is dominated by the nexttoleadingorder terms of the chiral interaction. The I = 0 selectivity of this decay, and its large sensitivity to the higherorder terms, makes its measurement very useful and complementary to the K p > K Xi cross section data. The rates of the Lambda(b) > J/psi K Xi and Lambda(b) > J/psi eta Lambda invariant mass distributions are sizable compared to those of the Lambda(b) > J/psi(K) over barN decay, which is measured experimentally, and thus, we provide arguments for an experimental determination of these decay modes that will help us understand better the chiral dynamics at higher energies.
