## Charmless hadronic B decays involving scalar mesons: Implications on the nature of light scalar mesons

The hadronic charmless B decays into a scalar meson and a pseudoscalar meson are studied within the framework of QCD factorization. Based on the QCD sum rule method, we have derived the leading-twist light-cone distribution amplitudes of scalar mesons and their decay constants. Although the light scalar mesons f{sub 0}(980) and a{sub 0}(980) are widely perceived as primarily the four-quark bound states, in practice it is difficult to make quantitative predictions based on the four-quark picture for light scalars. Hence, predictions are made in the 2-quark model for the scalar mesons. The short-distance approach suffices to explain the observed largemore »