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Title: Charmed and light pseudoscalar meson decay constants from four-flavor lattice QCD with physical light quarks

We compute the leptonic decay constants f D+, f Ds , and f K+, and the quark-mass ratios m c=m s and m s=m l in unquenched lattice QCD using the experimentally determined value of f π+ for normalization. We use the MILC Highly Improved Staggered Quark (HISQ) ensembles with four dynamical quark flavors -- up, down, strange, and charm -- and with both physical and unphysical values of the light sea-quark masses. The use of physical pions removes the need for a chiral extrapolation, thereby eliminating a significant source of uncertainty in previous calculations. Four different lattice spacing ranging from a ≈ 0:06 fm to 0:15 fm are included in the analysis to control the extrapolation to the continuum limit. Our primary results are f D+ = 212:6(0:4)$$(^{+1.0}_{-1.2})$$ MeV, f Ds = 249:0(0:3)$$(^{+1.1}_{-1.5})$$ MeV, and f Ds/f D+ = 1:1712(10)$$(^{+29}_{-32})$$, where the errors are statistical and total systematic, respectively. The errors on our results for the charm decay constants and their ratio are approximately two to four times smaller than those of the most precise previous lattice calculations. We also obtain f K+/ f π+ = 1:1956(10)$$(^{+26}_{-18})$$, updating our previous result, and determine the quark-mass ratios m s/m l = 27:35(5)$$(^{+10}_{-7})$$ and m c/m s = 11:747(19)$$(^{+59}_{-43})$$. When combined with experimental measurements of the decay rates, our results lead to precise determinations of the CKM matrix elements !Vus! = 0:22487(51)(29)(20)(5), !Vcd! = 0:217(1)(5)(1) and !Vcs! = 1:010(5)(18)(6), where the errors are from this calculation of the decay constants, the uncertainty in the experimental decay rates, structure-dependent electromagnetic corrections, and, in the case of !Vus!, the uncertainty in |Vud|, respectively.
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Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-14-230-T; arXiv:1407.3772
Journal ID: ISSN 1550-7998; PRVDAQ; 1306303
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359; FG02-91ER40628; FC02-12ER41879; FG02-91ER40661; SC0010120; FC02-06ER41443; FG02-13ER42001; FG02-04ER-41298; FG02-13ER-41976; FC02-06ER-41439
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. D, Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 90; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 1550-7998
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Contributing Orgs:
Fermilab Lattice and MILC Collaborations
Country of Publication:
United States
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1213903