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Published February 1, 2014 | Published
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Global CKM fits with the scan method


We present results of unitary triangle fits based on the scan method. This frequentist approach employs Gaussian uncertainties for experimental quantities, but avoids assumptions about the distribution of theoretical errors. Instead, we perform a large number of fits, scanning over regions of plausible theory errors for each quantity. We retain those fits meeting a specific confidence level criterion, thereby constructing a region in the ρ¯−η¯ plane using the "standard" measurements (Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix elements, sin2β, B0d,s mixing, εK). In addition we use branching fraction and CP asymmetry measurements of B decays to pseudoscalar pseudoscalar, pseudoscalar vector, vector vector, and a1 pseudoscalar final states to determine α, D(*)K(*) modes to determine γ, and D(*)π and Dρ modes to determine 2β+γ. We parametrize individual decay amplitudes in terms of color-allowed tree, color-suppressed tree, penguin, singlet penguin, electroweak penguin, as well as W-exchange and W-annihilation amplitudes. With this parametrization, we obtain a good fit to the measured branching fractions and CP asymmetries within the standard model ansatz, with no new physics contributions. This simultaneous fit allows us to determine, for the first time in a global fit, the correlation between α and β, as well as between γ and β.

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© 2014 American Physical Society. Received 24 January 2013; published 7 February 2014. This work is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-FG02-92-ER40701 and by the NFR (Norway).

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