Intrinsic charm in B-meson decays

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Light cone hadron wave functions support Fock states of arbitrarily high particle number: their heavy quark content arises naturally through QCD interactions. We discuss what role cc̄ pairs, intrinsic to a hadron's structure, can play in B-meson decays. The effects can be prominent in hadronic decays for which the tree-level contributions are Cabibbo-suppressed, as in B → πK decay, and they mimic "charming penguin" contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
StatePublished - Feb 2003

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS It is a pleasure to acknowledge Stan Brodsky for an engaging and fruitful collaboration, as well as the SLAC Theory Group for its hospitality. I thank the conference organizers for the invitation to speak and the U.S. Department of Energy for support under contracts DE-FG02-96ER40989 and DE-AC03-76SF00515.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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