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Title: B Decays Involving Light Mesons


Recent BABAR results for decays of B-mesons to combinations of non-charm mesons are presented. This includes B decays to two vector mesons, B {yields} {eta}{prime}({pi}, K, {rho}) modes, and a comprehensive Dalitz Plot analysis of B {yields} KKK decays.

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Conference: Invited talk at 9th International Workshop on Meson Production, Properties and Interaction (MESON 2006), Cracow, Poland, 9-13 Jun 2006
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United States

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Eschrich, Ivo Gough, and /UC, Irvine. B Decays Involving Light Mesons. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Eschrich, Ivo Gough, & /UC, Irvine. B Decays Involving Light Mesons. United States.
Eschrich, Ivo Gough, and /UC, Irvine. Tue . "B Decays Involving Light Mesons". United States. doi:.
title = {B Decays Involving Light Mesons},
author = {Eschrich, Ivo Gough and /UC, Irvine},
abstractNote = {Recent BABAR results for decays of B-mesons to combinations of non-charm mesons are presented. This includes B decays to two vector mesons, B {yields} {eta}{prime}({pi}, K, {rho}) modes, and a comprehensive Dalitz Plot analysis of B {yields} KKK decays.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Jan 09 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Tue Jan 09 00:00:00 EST 2007}

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