Aug 8 – 13, 2022
Hörsaalzentrum Poppelsdorf
Europe/Berlin timezone

Calculating B-meson Decay Constants, via SU (3)f Symmetry Breaking and Weighted Averaging Methods

Aug 9, 2022, 8:00 PM
Poster Presentation Weak Decays and Matrix Elements Poster


Shanette De La Motte (University of Adelaide)


Modern B-factory experiments, such as Belle II, are able to investigate physics anomalies with some
of the largest datasets ever produced. High luminosity datasets allow for precision measurements of
exclusive B-decays, such as in B → ℓν, which in turn reduce error in calculations of the correponding
CKM matrix element, Vub. This is especially important given the current tension between calculations
of Vub via exclusive decays and inclusive ones, the latter of which could hint towards the presence of
beyond Standard Model processes. While experimental error in Vub can be constrained with larger
datasets, controlling the error contributions from the relevant theory parameters, such as the B(s)
meson decay constant fB(s) , requires novel analysis.
This work will present the continuing efforts from the UKQCD/QCDSF/CSSM groups towards
improving calculations of fB(s) with lattice QCD techniques. This is performed on 2+1 flavour gauge
ensembles, where SU (3)f symmetry is broken in a controlled way. The heavy b-quark is treated with
an anisotropic clover-improved action and tuned to the physical properties of B and Bs mesons. Such
a tuning requires fitting approximately 1600 correlation functions, where individually optimising the
bounds of each fit is no longer feasible, and may lead to systematic fit uncertainties that are difficult to
quantify. A weighted-average across multiple fitting regions is implemented so as to improve practicality
and reduce the potential for bias in the final derivation of fB(s)

Primary authors

Shanette De La Motte (University of Adelaide) Dr Sophie Hollitt (TU Dortmund) Ross Young (The University of Adelaide) James Zanotti (University of Adelaide)

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