The B Meson Decay Constant from Unquenched Lattice QCD

Alan Gray, Matthew Wingate, Christine T. H. Davies, Emel Gulez, G. Peter Lepage, Quentin Mason, Matthew Nobes, Junko Shigemitsu

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We present determinations of the B meson decay constant f_B and of the ratio f_{B_s}/f_B using the MILC collaboration unquenched gauge configurations which include three flavors of light sea quarks. The mass of one of the sea quarks is kept around the strange quark mass, and we explore a range in masses for the two lighter sea quarks down to m_s/8. The heavy b quark is simulated using Nonrelativistic QCD, and both the valence and sea light quarks are represented by the highly improved (AsqTad) staggered quark action. The good chiral properties of the latter action allow for a much smoother chiral extrapolation to physical up and down quarks than has been possible in the past. We find f_B = 216(9)(19)(4) (6) MeV and f_{B_s} /f_B = 1.20(3)(1).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2005


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