TTP10-16 Epsilon-K at NNLO: The Charm-Top-Quark Contribution

TTP10-16 Epsilon-K at NNLO: The Charm-Top-Quark Contribution

TTP10-16 Epsilon-K at NNLO: The Charm-Top-Quark Contribution

We perform a next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) QCD analysis of the charm-top-quark contribution eta_ct to the effective Delta S = 2 Hamiltonian in the Standard Model. eta_ct represents an important part of the short distance contribution to the parameter epsilon_K. We calculate the three-loop anomalous dimension of the leading operator Q_S2, the three-loop mixing of the current-current and penguin operators into Q_S2, and the corresponding two-loop matching conditions at the electroweak, the bottom-quark, and the charm-quark scale. As our final numerical result we obtain eta_ct = 0.494 +/- 0.046, which is roughly 7% larger than the next-to-leading-order (NLO) value eta_ct(NLO) = 0.455 +/- 0.069. This results in a prediction for epsilon_K = (1.99 +/- 0.25) x 10^(-3), which corresponds to an enhancement of approximately 3.3% with respect to the value obtained using eta_ct(NLO).

Joachim Brod and Martin Gorbahn
Phys.Rev. D82 094026 2010
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