Renormalization of heavy-light currents in moving nonrelativistic QCD

Eike Müller, Alistair Hart, Ron Horgan

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Heavy-light decays such as B→πℓν, B→K∗γ and B→K(*)ℓℓ can be used to constrain the parameters of the standard model and in indirect searches for new physics. While the precision of experimental results has improved over the last years this has still to be matched by equally precise theoretical predictions. The calculation of heavy-light form factors is currently carried out in lattice QCD. Because of its small Compton wavelength we discretize the heavy quark in an effective nonrelativistic theory. By formulating the theory in a moving frame of reference discretization errors in the final state are reduced at large recoil. Over the last years the formalism has been improved and tested extensively. Systematic uncertainties are reduced by renormalizing the m(oving) NRQCD action and heavy-light decay operators. The theory differs from QCD only for large loop momenta at the order of the lattice cutoff and the calculation can be carried out in perturbation theory as an expansion in the strong coupling constant. In this paper we calculate the one-loop corrections to the heavy-light vector and tensor operator. Because of the complexity of the action the generation of lattice Feynman rules is automated and loop integrals are solved by the adaptive Monte Carlo integrator VEGAS. We discuss the infrared and ultraviolet divergences in the loop integrals both in the continuum and on the lattice. The light quarks are discretized in the ASQTad and highly improved staggered quark (HISQ) action; the formalism is easily extended to other quark actions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number034501
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2011


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