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The Physics of the B Factories

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This comprehensive work thoroughly introduces and reviews the set of results from Belle and BaBar - after more than two decades of independent and complementary work - all the way from the detectors and the analysis tools used, up to the physics results, and the interpretation of these results.

The world’s two giant B Factory collaborations, Belle at KEK and BaBar at SLAC, have successfully completed their main mission to discover and quantify CP violation in the decays of B mesons. CP violation is a necessary requirement to distinguish unambiguously between matter and antimatter. The shared primary objective of the two B Factory experiments was to determine the shape of the so-called unitarity triangle, an abstract triangle representing interactions of quarks, the elementary constituents of matter. The area of the triangle is a measure of the amount of CP violation associated with the weak force.

Many other measurements have been performed by the B Factories and are also discussed in this work.


Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom

    Adrian Bevan

  • Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Bostjan Golob

  • Theoretische Physik I, University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany

    Thomas Mannel

  • Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, USA

    Soeren Prell

  • School of Physics, University of Sidney, Sidney, Australia

    Bruce Yabsley

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Physics of the B Factories

  • Editors: Adrian Bevan, Bostjan Golob, Thomas Mannel, Soeren Prell, Bruce Yabsley

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-662-44990-5Published: 23 March 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-662-52592-0Published: 12 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-44991-2Due: 14 March 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 910

  • Number of Illustrations: 228 b/w illustrations, 367 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Particle Acceleration and Detection, Beam Physics, Cosmology, Measurement Science and Instrumentation

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