Physics at BES-III

D. M. Asner, T. Barnes, J. M. Bian, I. I. Bigi, N. Brambilla, I. R. Boyko, V. Bytev, K. T. Chao, J. Charles, H. X. Chen, J. C. Chen, Y. Chen, Y. Q. Chen, H. Y. Cheng, D. Dedovich, S. Descotes-Genon, C. D. Fu, X. Garcia I Tormo, Y. N. Gao, K. L. HeZ. G. He, J. F. Hu, H. M. Hu, B. Huang, Y. Jia, H. Y. Jin, S. Jin, Y. P. Kuang, H. Lacker, H. B. Li, J. L. Li, W. D. Li, X. Y. Li, B. J. Liu, H. H. Liu, J. Liu, H. L. Ma, J. P. Ma, Y. J. Mao, X. H. Mo, S. L. Olsen, A. Pich, A. Pineda, R. G. Ping, C. F. Qiao, G. Qin, H. Qin, J. M. Roney, G. Rong, L. Roos, X. Y. Shen, J. Soto, A. Stahl, S. S. Sun, S. T'Jampens, A. Vairo, P. Wang, Y. F. Wang, Y. K. Wang, N. Wu, Y. L. Wu, Z. Z. Xing, G. F. Xu, M. Xu, M. Yang, M. Z. Yang, Y. D. Yang, C. Z. Yuan, D. H. Zhang, D. Y. Zhang, J. Y. Zhang, Z. X. Zhang, X. M. Zhang, X. Y. Zhang, Y. J. Zhang, Q. Zhao, A. Zhemchugov, H. Q. Zheng, Y. H. Zheng, M. Zhong, S. L. Zhu, Y. S. Zhu, V. Zhuravlov, B. S. Zou, J. H. Zou

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There has recently been a dramatic renewal of interest in the subjects of hadron spectroscopy and charm physics. This renaissance has been driven in part by experimental reports of Dc0 mixing and the discovery of narrow Dsj states and a plethora of charmonium-like XY Z states at the B factories, and the observation of an intriguing proton-antiproton threshold enhancement and the possibly related X(1835) meson state at BESII. At the same time, lattice QCD is now coming of age, and we are entering a new era when precise, quantitative predictions from lattice QCD can be tested against experimental measurements. For example, the High Precision QCD (HPQCD) and United Kingdom QCD (UKQCD) collaboration's recent high-precision, unquenched calculation of fD+ = 208 ± 4 MeV has been found to agree with the CLEO-c collaboration measurement of fD- = 223± 17 ± 8 MeV - a precision level of ~ 8%. Intriguingly, this agreement does not extend to fDs, where the HPQCD + UKQCD result fDe = 241 ±3 MeV is more than three standard deviations below the current world average experimental value fDs = 276 ±9 MeV. Precision improvements, especially on the experimental measurements, are called for and will be of extreme interest. The BBS-III experiment at BEPCII in Beijing, which will start operation in summer 2008, will accumulate huge data samples of 10 x 109 J/ψ, 3 x 109 ψ(2S) , 30 million DD̄ or 2 million D-sD-s -pairs per running year, respectively, running in the Ι-charm theshold region. Coupled with currently available results from LEO-c, BES-III will make it possible to study in detail, and with unprecedentedly high precision, light hadron spectroscopy in the decays of charmonium states and charmed mesons. In addition, about 90 million DD pairs will be collected at BES-III in a three-year run at the ψ(3770) peak. Many high precision measurements, including CKM matrix elements related to charm weak decays, decay constants fD- and f Ds, Dalitz decays of three-body D meson decays, searches for CP violation in the charmed-quark sector, and absolute decay branching fractions, will be accomplished. BES-III analyses are likely to be essential in deciding if recently observed signs of mixing in the DcDc meson system are actually due to new physics or not. BES-III measurements of f D- and fDs at the ~ 1% precision level will match the precision of lattice QCD calculations and provide the opportunity to probe the charged Higgs sector in some mass ranges that will be inaccessible to the LHC. With modern techniques and huge data samples, searches for rare, lepton-number violating, flavor violating and/or invisible decays of D-mesons, charmonium resonances, and tau-leptons will be possible. Studies of Ι-charm physics could reveal or indicate the possible presence of new physics in the low energy region. This physics book provides detailed discussions on important topics in Ι-charm physics that will be explored during the next few years at BES-III. Both theoretical and experimental issues are covered, including extensive reviews of recent theoretical developments and experimental techniques. Among the subjects covered are: innovations in Partial Wave Analysis (PWA), theoretical and experimental techniques for Dalitz-plot analyses, analysis tools to extract absolute branching fractions and measurements of decay constants, form factors, and CP-violation and D0D0-oscillation parameters. Programs of QCD studies and near-threshold tau-lepton physics measurements are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-794
Number of pages794
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics A
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - May 2009


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