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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Search for CP violation in neutral B(s) meson decaying to J/psi phi
by Liu, Chunlei, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2008, 192; 3349268
Abstract (Summary)

The CDF experiment, which uses pp collisions at [special characters omitted] = 1.9 TeV produced at the Fermilab Tevatron, is unique in its ability to observe all flavors of B hadrons and measure their properties. Among them, CP violation is of fundamental interest. In the B+ and B0 systems, measurements of CP violation parameters performed essentially at B factories have borne out the predictions of CKM model. Little is known, experimentally, about CP violation in the [special characters omitted] system. The standard model predicts very little CP violation there, thus any nonzero measurement could be an indication of new physics. In this thesis, we will report on the very first flavor-tagged analysis of approximately 2000 [special characters omitted] decays reconstructed in a 1.35 fb-1 data sample collected at CDF. This channel is sensitive not only to the width difference ΔΓ in the [special characters omitted] system but also to the CP violation parameter β s. The final result we obtain is a confidence region in the two dimensional space of βs and ΔΓ. Assuming the standard model predictions of βs and ΔΓ, the probability is 15%, corresponding to 1.5 Gaussian standard deviations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boudreau, Joseph
School: University of Pittsburgh
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-B 70/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Particle physics
Keywords: B mesons, CP violation, J/psi
Publication Number: 3349268
ISBN: 978-1-109-05577-1
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