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Title: CP-violation in beautiful-strange oscillations at LHCb
Author: Currie, Robert Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 5353 6132
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2014
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The LHCb experiment is an experiment based at the LHC in Geneva and is dedicated to the study of mesons containing bottom and charm quarks. One of the primary goals of the physics at LHCb is to measure CP-violating effects which lead to a dominance of matter over anti-matter in the universe. This thesis presents the measurement of the CP-violating phase Ø s which is one of the golden channels at LHCb. This phase is observed as the interference between mixing of B0s ↔ B-0s and decay of B0s → J/ψ K+K−. The results, based upon the 1.0 fb−1 dataset collected by LHCb during 2011, are: Ø s = 0.07±0.09±0.01 rad , ∆Γs = 0.100±0.016±0.002 ps−1 , Γs = 0.663±0.005±0.006 ps−1 . This analysis is also able to measure the mixing parameter ms = 17.71±0.10±0.01 ps−1. To improve upon this measurement the B0s → J/ψ K+K− analysis is combined with the B0s → J/ψ π+ π − decay channel to make the most accurate measurements to date of, Ø s = 0.01±0.07±0.01 rad, ∆Γs = 0.106±0.011±0.007 ps−1 and Γs = 0.661±0.004±0.006 ps−1. As an integral part of this work a comprehensive software suite known as RapidFit was developed, which is used by many other physicists and this is described.
Supervisor: Clarke, Peter; Muheim, Franz Sponsor: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: CP-violation ; Large Hadron Collider ; LHCb ; particle physics