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Charming New Physics in Beautiful Processes?


  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the Durham University, Durham, UK

  • Comprehensive introduction to flavour physics and B meson mixing, ideal for a new student

  • Detailed examples of the HQE and other tools required for precision calculations

  • Contains the only state of the art calculation of non-perturbative parameters for calculation of B and D meson lifetimes


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Matthew John Kirk
    Pages 1-22
  3. Matthew John Kirk
    Pages 23-46
  4. Matthew John Kirk
    Pages 47-72
  5. Matthew John Kirk
    Pages 73-108
  6. Matthew John Kirk
    Pages 125-157
  7. Matthew John Kirk
    Pages 159-175
  8. Matthew John Kirk
    Pages 177-182
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 183-225

About this book


This PhD thesis is dedicated to a subfield of elementary particle physics called “Flavour Physics”. The Standard Model of Particle Physics (SM) has been confirmed by thousands of experimental measurements with a high precision. But the SM leaves important questions open, like what is the nature of dark matter or what is the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe.

 By comparing high precision Standard Model calculations with extremely precise measurements, one can find the first glimpses of the physics beyond the SM – currently we see the first hints of a potential breakdown of the SM in flavour observables. This can then be compared with purely theoretical considerations about new physics models, known as model building.

 Both precision calculations and model building are extremely specialised fields and this outstanding thesis contributes significantly to both topics within the field of Flavour Physics and sheds new light on the observed anomalies.


Effective Field Theory Heavy Quark Expansion Flavour Phenomonology B Physics Sum Rules Flavour Anomalies B Mixing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaLa Sapienza, University of RomeRomeItaly

About the authors

Matthew Kirk is a particle physicist, whose main research interest is in Flavour Physics with a particular focus on B meson mixing. He completed an M.Sci in Natural Sciences at King‘s College, University of Cambridge before going to Grey College, Durham University, where he studied for a PhD at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology under the supervision of Alexander Lenz. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at La Sapienza, University of Rome. 

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