B-meson decay constants: a more complete picture from full lattice QCD

Colquhoun, B., Davies, C. T. H. , Kettle, J., Koponen, J., Lytle, A. T., Dowdall, R. J. and Lepage, G. P. (2015) B-meson decay constants: a more complete picture from full lattice QCD. Physical Review D, 91, 114509. (doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.91.114509)

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We extend the picture of B-meson decay constants obtained in lattice QCD beyond those of the B, Bs and Bc to give the first full lattice QCD results for the B∗, B∗s and B∗c. We use improved nonrelativistic QCD for the valence b quark and the highly improved staggered quark (HISQ) action for the lighter quarks on gluon field configurations that include the effect of u/d, s and c quarks in the sea with u/d quark masses going down to physical values. For the ratio of vector to pseudoscalar decay constants, we find fB∗/fB=0.941(26), fB∗s/fBs=0.953(23) (both 2σ less than 1.0) and fB∗c/fBc=0.988(27). Taking correlated uncertainties into account we see clear indications that the ratio increases as the mass of the lighter quark increases. We compare our results to those using the HISQ formalism for all quarks and find good agreement both on decay constant values when the heaviest quark is a b and on the dependence on the mass of the heaviest quark in the region of the b. Finally, we give an overview plot of decay constants for gold-plated mesons, the most complete picture of these hadronic parameters to date.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lytle, Dr Andrew and Davies, Professor Christine and Koponen, Dr Jonna and Colquhoun, Dr Brian and Dowdall, Dr Rachel
Authors: Colquhoun, B., Davies, C. T. H., Kettle, J., Koponen, J., Lytle, A. T., Dowdall, R. J., and Lepage, G. P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review D
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN (Online):1550-2368
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 American Physical Society
First Published:First published in Physical Review D 91:114509
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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