2-7 June 2019
Simon Fraser University
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An Improved Extraction of the Vud CKM Matrix Element

6 Jun 2019, 14:15
SSB 7172 (Simon Fraser University)

SSB 7172

Simon Fraser University

Oral not-in-competition (Graduate Student) / Orale non-compétitive (Étudiant(e) du 2e ou 3e cycle) Theoretical Physics / Physique théorique (DTP-DPT) R2-4 Testing Fundamental Symmetries II (DTP/PPD/DNP) | Tests de symétries fondamentales II (DPT/PPD/DPN)


Mr Kyle Shiells (University of Manitoba)


The CKM matrix of the Standard Model (SM) is a unitary $3\times3$ matrix which holds information on how strongly the various quark flavours couple to each other. Consequently, nature’s adherence to the SM can be tested by the normalization condition of its rows. $|V_{ud}| = 0.97417(21)$ is a dominant term in the first row unitarity condition: $|V_{ud}|^2 + |V_{us}|^2 + |V_{ub}|^2 = 1$, and thus carries more weight than its 2 neighbours. The largest source of its uncertainty comes from a troublesome, model-dependent radiative correction: the $\gamma W$ box. I outline a new way to calculate this Feynman diagram using dispersion relations, which lead to a more realistic value of $V_{ud}$ and its uncertainty estimate.

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Mr Kyle Shiells (University of Manitoba)

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