Extracting the CKM phase angle γ (≡ φ{symbol}3) from isospin analysis in B → K π decays

C. S. Kim, Sechul Oh, Yeo Woong Yoon

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We propose a new method to extract the CKM phase angle γ (≡ φ{symbol}3) from the isospin analysis in B → K π decays. Unlike previously proposed methods, we do not employ flavor SU(3) symmetry, so that this method is free from the hadronic uncertainty coming from the SU(3) breaking effect. Neither we adopt any Dalitz-plot analysis, which may involve multiple strong phases and large final state interactions. After including small CP violating terms in B+ → K0 π+ and color-suppressed electroweak penguin contribution in B0 → K+ π-, whose values are estimated from the QCD factorization, we obtain γ = (70- 12 - 1 - 3+ 5 + 1 + 2) ° or 105 ° < γ < 180 °. The first error is due to the experimental errors mainly caused by mixing-induced CP asymmetry SKs π0. The second and third errors come from the theoretical uncertainty for two above-mentioned small contributions, respectively. Since we utilize only the isospin relations in B → K π decays, this method will work well, regardless of possible new physics effects unless the isospin relations do not hold.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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