Heavy quark decay

Sheldon Stone

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Exclusive D and B meson semileptonic branching ratio measurements are summarized and compared with models. In the D meson sector study of the ratio of rates of Kℓ+ν K*+ν and the K* polarization are in disagreement with most models, while in the B sector studies of similar final states are in agreement with the models. By comparing the D*0-ν and D*+-ν rates, the lifetime ratio of neutral and charged B's is shown to be equal to 1.18±0.27+0.22-0.30. Using this lifetime ratio, coupled with a new measurement of the fraction of neutral B's on the T(4S), the B0-B0 mixing parameter r is determined to be in the range 0.15 > r > 0.39. A hint of a positive signal for the b→u transition using the endpoint of the lepton momentum spectrum is shown to be consistent in the standard model with the mixing measurement and CP violation in the kaon sector. Finally indirect measurements of the absolute branching ratios for Λc→pK-π+ and Ds→Θπ+ yield 4.1±1.5% and 1.5±0.8%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-300
Number of pages15
JournalNuclear Physics B (Proceedings Supplements)
Issue numberC
StatePublished - Feb 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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