Entering the high-precision era of flavour physics through the alliance of lattice simulations, effective field theories and experiment

Project: NetworkInternational collaboration

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Subatomic Physics


  • Particle physics, Flavour physics, lattice QCD, Mesons, Effective Field Theory


One of the most profound open questions in particle physics is to understand the pattern of fermion masses and mixings, and the source of fermion replication. The origin of CP violation is intimately related and has deep implications for cosmology. CP violation is a crucial ingredient to understand the surprising fact that the universe contains more matter than antimatter. Large-scale experimental efforts have begun to illuminate the above questions and new facilities such as LHC-B should start soon collecting data. Interpreting the experimental results in terms of the fundamental dynamics is often difficult owing to the uncertainties arising from hadronic contributions to measured quantities. This is an area where close collaboration between theory and experiment is essential. Such collaboration is an aim of the network, which puts together the existing European expertise in those theoretical areas which are relevant for the data analysis. A multidisciplinary approach, combining lattice technologies, dispersive methods, effective field theories (CHPT, HQET, NRQCD, SCET), higher-order perturbative tools and Monte Carlo event generators, should allow a more efficient use of the experimental data to improve our current understanding of the flavour dynamics, and possibly guide us towards a more fundamental theory, valid at higher energy scales.

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Short titleFlavianet
Effective start/end date2006/10/012010/09/30

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University
  • University of Valencia (lead)
  • Institut de Physique Nucléaire Orsay (IPN) Orsay
  • CNRS-Luminy
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • INFN Frascati National Laboratory
  • Durham University
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • University of Bern
  • University of Vienna
  • German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)
  • University of Silesia