Neutral K Mesons and CP Violation



The neutral K mesons, with their medium-sized masses and their capacity of interacting both weakly and strongly, seem to be specially selected by nature to demonstrate through a few typical phenomena the reality of quantum effects. Even if they did not exist, as L. B. Okun once said, we would have invented them in order to illustrate the fundamental principles of quantum physics.


Decay Mode Decay Amplitude Gluon Propagator Strange Particle Meson System 
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Suggestions for Further Reading

KL, Ks, strangeness oscillations, regeneration

  1. Commins, E. D. and Bucksbaum, P. H., Weak Interactions of Leptons and Quarks. Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge 1983Google Scholar
  2. Okun, L. B., Leptons and Quarks. North-Holland, Amsterdam 1982Google Scholar
  3. Perkins, D. H., Introduction to High Energy Physics ( Third edition ). Addison-Wesley, Menlo Park, CA 1987Google Scholar

Penguin mechanism

  1. Shifman, M., Vainshtein, A. and Zakharov, V., Nucl. Phys. B120 (1977) 316ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar

CP violation

  1. Frère, J. M., in Ecole d’Été de Physique des Particules GIF 91. IN2P3, Paris 1991Google Scholar
  2. Jarlskog, C., in CP violation (ed. Jarlskog, C. ). World Scientific, Singapore 1989Google Scholar
  3. Kleinknecht, K., in CP Violation (op. cit.)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversité LavalSte-FoyCanada
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Hautes EnergiesUniversités Paris VI et VIIParis Cedex 05France

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