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Particles and Fields
Eur. Phys. J. C 16, 97-104
DOI 10.1007/s100520000409

Constraints on the CKM angle $\gamma$
and strong phases from $B\to\pi K$ decays

A.J. Buras1 - R. Fleischer2

1 Technische Universität München, Physik Department, 85748 Garching, Germany
2 Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Notkestr. 85, 22607 Hamburg, Germany

Received: 31 March 2000 / Published online: 18 May 2000 - © Springer-Verlag 2000

As we pointed out recently, the neutral decays $B_d\to\pi^\mp K^\pm$ and $B_d\to\pi^0K$ may provide non-trivial bounds on the CKM angle $\gamma$. In this paper, we reconsider this approach in the light of recent CLEO data, which look very interesting. In particular, the results for the corresponding CP-averaged branching ratios are in favour of strong constraints on $\gamma$, where the second quadrant is preferred. Such a situation would be in conflict with the standard analysis of the unitarity triangle. Moreover, constraints on a CP-conserving strong phase $\delta_{\rm n}$ are in favour of a negative value of $\cos\delta_{\rm n}$, which would be in conflict with the factorization expectation. In addition, there seems to be an interesting discrepancy with the bounds that are implied by the charged $B\to\pi K$system: whereas these decays favour a range for $\gamma$ that is similar to that of the neutral modes, they point towards a positive value of $\cos\delta_{\rm c}$, which would be in conflict with the expectation of equal signs for $\cos\delta_{\rm n}$ and $\cos\delta_{\rm c}$. If future data should confirm this ``puzzle'', it may be an indication for new-physics contributions to the electroweak penguin sector, or a manifestation of large non-factorizable SU(3)-breaking effects.

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