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

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.

FLAVIAnet is a Marie Curie Reseach Training Network supported by the European Community's Sixth Framework Programme devoted to flavour physics. The network Contract MRTN-CT-2006-035482 (see also Annex I) was concluded between the European Commission and consortium on 1st October 2006 with duration of 48 months.

  • Annual FLAVIAnet Meeting, EUROFLAVOUR10, München, 8-10 September 2010.

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