Springer Theses

Searches for CP Violation in Charmed Meson Decays

A Study of D+ → K - K+ ∏+ at the LHCb Experiment

Authors: Gordon, Hamish

  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the University of Oxford, UK
  • Explains the latest data analysis procedures in flavour physics in more detail than is possible in a journal article
  • In-depth account of the challenges and systematic uncertainties associated with precise charge asymmetry measurements
  • Documents the first search for CP violation published by the LHCb collaboration
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Our current understanding of the fundamental building blocks of the Universe, summarised by the Standard Model of particle physics, is incomplete. For example, it fails to explain why we do not see equal, or almost equal, numbers of particles and their antiparticle partners. To explain this asymmetry requires, among other effects, a mechanism known as charge-parity (CP) violation that causes differences between the rates at which particles and antiparticles decay. CP violation is seen in systems containing bottom and strange quarks, but not in those with up, charm or top quarks. This thesis describes searches for particle-antiparticle asymmetries in the decay rates of charmed mesons. No evidence of CP violation is found. With current sensitivities, an asymmetry large enough to observe probably could not be explained by the Standard Model. Instead an explanation could come from new physics, for example contributions from supersymmetric or other undiscovered heavy particles. In the thesis, the development of new techniques to search for these asymmetries is described. They are applied to data from the LHCb experiment at CERN to make precise measurements of asymmetries in the D^+->K^-K^+pi^+ decay channel. This is the most promising charged D decay for CP violation searches.

About the authors

Hamish Gordon is a Marie Curie research fellow working for CERN. He currently contributes to the CLOUD and LHCb experiments.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction and Theoretical Background

    Gordon, Hamish

    Pages 1-22

  • The LHCb Detector

    Gordon, Hamish

    Pages 23-43

  • Search for $$C\!P$$ Violation in $$D ^+ \rightarrow K ^{-} K ^+ \pi ^+ $$ Decays with Data Collected at LHCb in 2010

    Gordon, Hamish

    Pages 45-74

  • Search for $$C\!P$$ Violation in $${D} ^{+} \rightarrow \phi \pi ^{+} $$ Decays with Data Collected at LHCb in 2011

    Gordon, Hamish

    Pages 75-139

  • Conclusions and Outlook

    Gordon, Hamish

    Pages 141-143

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Searches for CP Violation in Charmed Meson Decays
Book Subtitle
A Study of D+ → K - K+ ∏+ at the LHCb Experiment
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-07067-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-07067-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-07066-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36140-6
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 158
Number of Illustrations and Tables
81 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
Topics