We present the first lattice QCD calculation of the form factor for B̄→D*ℓν̄ with three flavors of sea quarks. We use an improved staggered action for the light valence and sea quarks (the MILC configurations), and the Fermilab action for the heavy quarks. The form factor is computed at zero recoil using a new double ratio method that yields the form factor more directly than the previous Fermilab method. Other improvements over the previous calculation include the use of much lighter light-quark masses, and the use of lattice (staggered) chiral perturbation theory in order to control the light-quark discretization errors and chiral extrapolation. We obtain for the form factor, FB→D*(1)=0.921(13)(20), where the first error is statistical and the second is the sum of all systematic errors in quadrature. Applying a 0.7% electromagnetic correction and taking the latest PDG average for FB→D*(1)|Vcb| leads to |Vcb|=(38.7±0.9 ±1.0theo) ×10-3.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|State||Published - Jan 5 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)