We consider decays of the hidden charm LHCb pentaquarks in the hadrocharmonium and molecular scenarios. In both pictures the LHCb pentaquarks are essentially nonrelativistic bound states. We develop a semirelativistic framework for calculation of the partial decay widths that allows the final particles to be relativistic. Using this approach we calculate the decay widths in the hadrocharmonium and molecular pictures. Molecular hidden charm pentaquarks are constructed as loosely bound states of charmed and anticharmed hadrons. Calculations show that molecular pentaquarks decay predominantly into states with open charm. Strong suppression of the molecular pentaquark decays into states with hidden charm is qualitatively explained by a relatively large size of the molecular pentaquark. The decay pattern of hadrocharmonium pentaquarks that are interpreted as loosely bound states of excited charmonium ψ′ and nucleons is quite different. This time dominate decays into states with hidden charm, but suppression of the decays with charm exchange is weaker than in the respective molecular case. The weaker suppression is explained by a larger binding energy and respectively smaller size of the hadrocharmonium pentaquarks. These results combined with the experimental data on partial decay widths could allow to figure out which of the two theoretical scenarios for pentaquarks (if either) is chosen by nature.

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Published in Physical Review D, v. 98, issue 11, 114037, p. 1-20.

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Funded by SCOAP3.

This paper was supported by the NSF Grant No. PHY-1724638.