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Particles and Fields

Eur. Phys. J. C 21, 225-259 (2001)
DOI: 10.1007/s100520100729

A new approach to a global fit of the CKM matrix

A. Höcker1, H. Lacker1, S. Laplace1 and F. Le Diberder2

1  Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire, IN2P3-CNRS et Université de Paris-Sud, BP 34, 91898 Orsay Cedex, France
2  Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et des Hautes Energies, 4, place Jussieu, Tour 33 r.d.c., 75005 Paris, Cedex 05, France

(Received: 18 April 2001 / Published online: 10 August 2001 -© Springer-Verlag / Società Italiana di Fisica 2001 )

We report on a new approach to a global CKM matrix analysis taking into account most recent experimental and theoretical results. The statistical framework (Rfit) developed in this paper advocates frequentist statistics. Other approaches, such as Bayesian statistics or the 95% CL scan method are also discussed. We emphasize the distinction of a model testing and a model dependent, metrological phase in which the various parameters of the theory are estimated. Measurements and theoretical parameters entering the global fit are thoroughly discussed, in particular with respect to their theoretical uncertainties. Graphical results for confidence levels are drawn in various one and two-dimensional parameter spaces. Numerical results are provided for all relevant CKM parameterizations, the CKM elements and theoretical input parameters. Predictions for branching ratios of rare K and B meson decays are obtained. A simple, predictive SUSY extension of the Standard Model is discussed.

© Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag 2001