Soft and Hard Mesons in Chiral Perturbation Theory
(2011) Abstract
 This thesis deals with Chiral Perturbation Theory (ChPT), an effective field
theory for the strong force used to
describe meson interactions. The work done can be split in two parts.
The first one is on ChPT in its standard formulation. This theory has been very
successful so far in describing low energetic processes. However, it is still not
entirely clear how much it can be trusted for precision determinations of
hadronic observables. Paper I and II explore this aspect.
Paper I shows the results of a search for relations between several observables
calculated with ChPT at order $p^{6}$. The relations are built up such that the couplings of the theory... (More)  This thesis deals with Chiral Perturbation Theory (ChPT), an effective field
theory for the strong force used to
describe meson interactions. The work done can be split in two parts.
The first one is on ChPT in its standard formulation. This theory has been very
successful so far in describing low energetic processes. However, it is still not
entirely clear how much it can be trusted for precision determinations of
hadronic observables. Paper I and II explore this aspect.
Paper I shows the results of a search for relations between several observables
calculated with ChPT at order $p^{6}$. The relations are built up such that the couplings of the theory cancel out. These combinations can
then be used to test the convergence of the perturbative expansion in a way that is almost independent from the unknown couplings.
Paper II presents the results for a new global fit at order $p^{6}$ of the
couplings of the $p^{4}$ ChPT Lagrangian. The fit includes the most
recent phenomenological information. Furthermore, a new way to deal with
the $p^{6}$ couplings, based on a random walk algorithm, is considered. This method allows to
study correlations between the couplings.
The second part, paper III and IV, focuses on an extension of ChPT out of its usual energy range. This approach is called hard pion ChPT and it is expected to be useful for the analysis of lattice data.
Paper III provides arguments that further support the use of hard pion ChPT to calculate chiral logarithms when hard external pions arise. The hard pion ChPT approach is applied in this paper to semileptonic decays of $B$ and $D$ mesons to pions.
In Paper IV hard pion ChPT is extended to the threeflavour case, thereby describing the $B$ and
$D$ meson transitions to all the light pseudoscalar mesons ($\pi$, $K$ and
$\eta$). A comparison with data is also presented and it shows that the
corrections are sizable. Moreover, the procedure is applied to scalar and
vector formfactors of the pions and kaons and to $B\rightarrow D$ decay. (Less)
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 author
 Jemos, Ilaria ^{LU}
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 opponent

 Sachrajda, Christopher, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
 organization
 publishing date
 2011
 type
 Thesis
 publication status
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 subject
 defense location
 Lecture Hall F, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, SÃ¶lvegatan 14A, SE223 62 Lund, Sweden
 defense date
 20110520 10:15
 language
 English
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