Potential for B-physics measurements with a fixed-target proton-collision experiment

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


HERA-B is a high-energy physics experiment at HERA. It is a fixed-target experiment with a forward spectrometer to benefit from the strong boost of beauty hadrons. The main goal of HERA-B is to detect and measure the degree of CP violation in exclusive B-decays, with emphasis on the {em golden} decay, $golden$. A computer simulated study on this decay is presented and the accuracy of the measurement is estimated. Necessary conditions for a detection of CP violation are investigated. Various other channels are reviewed, which can give a sign of CP violation within and beyond the Standard Model. Very high rates are required for measurements of the typically very much suppressed signals. The thesis includes a comparison of the situation with the B-factories and the hadron colliders. HERA-B has a very tight time schedule %and the gained experience has an impact %on the future experiments at LHC. and physics measurements will be performed even before the detector is completed. In particular, the order of installation of detector parts is determined not only by technical factors but also by the feasibility to measure the $b$ cross-section, which is a crucial parameter in the precision of any $B$-physics measurements at HERA-B. A thorough study has been performed on the possibilities to measure the $b$ cross-section with a partially equipped detector. The emphasis is placed on the inclusive decay $B
ightarrow J/psi X$. Studies on double semileptonic decays and $Upsilon$ decays are also presented.


  • Jenny Ivarsson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Subatomic Physics


  • Elementary particle physics, CP Violation, quantum field theory, Elementarpartikelfysik, HERA-B, Fixed Target, kvantfältteori, B Physics, Monte Carlo Simulations, Fysicumarkivet A:1999:Ivarsson
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date1999 Oct 1
  • Department of Elementary Particle Physics, Lund University
Print ISBNs91-628-3661-7
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 1999-10-01 Time: 10:15 Place: Hall B of the Department of Physics External reviewer(s) Name: Ellis, Nick Title: Prof. Affiliation: Switzerland ---