Non-factorization effects in heavy mesons and determination of |Vub| from inclusive semileptonic B decays

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Abstract

The effects of spectator light quark in decays of heavy mesons are considered, which vanish in the limit of factorization of matrix elements of four-quark operators over the mesons. These effects include the difference of the total widths as well as of the semileptonic decay rates between the D0 and Ds mesons and also a contribution to inclusive semileptonic decay rates of B0 and B± into the channel Xuℓv related to determination of the weak mixing parameter Vub. If the observed difference of the lifetimes between Ds and D0 mesons is attributed to non-factorizable terms, such terms can naturally give rise to a significant difference in inclusive semileptonic decay rates of these mesons, and to a light-flavor dependent contribution to decays B → Xuℓv. The latter contribution affects mostly the upper part of the inclusive spectrum of the invariant mass of the lepton pair, and may significantly exceed the previously claimed in the literature theoretical uncertainty in determination of |Vub|2 from that part of the spectrum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-80
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume515
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 23 2001

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This work is supported in part by DOE under the grant number DE-FG02-94ER40823.

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