
Aguilar, A. C., Binosi, D., Ibañez, D., & Papavassiliou, J. (2014). New method for determining the quarkgluon vertex. Phys. Rev. D, 90(6), 065027–26pp.
Abstract: We present a novel nonperturbative approach for calculating the form factors of the quarkgluon vertex in terms of an unknown threepoint function, in the Landau gauge. The key ingredient of this method is the exact allorder relation connecting the conventional quarkgluon vertex with the corresponding vertex of the background field method, which is Abelianlike. When this latter relation is combined with the standard gauge technique, supplemented by a crucial set of transverse Ward identities, it allows the approximate determination of the nonperturbative behavior of all 12 form factors comprising the quarkgluon vertex, for arbitrary values of the momenta. The actual implementation of this procedure is carried out in the Landau gauge, in order to make contact with the results of lattice simulations performed in this particular gauge. The most demanding technical aspect involves the approximate calculation of the components of the aforementioned (fully dressed) threepoint function, using lattice data as input for the gluon propagators appearing in its diagrammatic expansion. The numerical evaluation of the relevant form factors in three special kinematical configurations (softgluon and quark symmetric limit, zero quark momentum) is carried out in detail, finding qualitative agreement with the available lattice data. Most notably, a concrete mechanism is proposed for explaining the puzzling divergence of one of these form factors observed in lattice simulations.



Aguilar, A. C., Binosi, D., & Papavassiliou, J. (2014). Renormalization group analysis of the gluon mass equation. Phys. Rev. D, 89(8), 085032–19pp.
Abstract: We carry out a systematic study of the renormalization properties of the integral equation that determines the momentum evolution of the effective gluon mass in pure YangMills theory, without quark effects taken into account. A detailed, allorder analysis of the complete kernel appearing in this particular equation, derived in the Landau gauge, reveals that the renormalization procedure may be accomplished through the sole use of ingredients known from the standard perturbative treatment of the theory, with no additional assumptions. However, the subtle interplay of terms operating at the level of the exact equation gets distorted by the approximations usually employed when evaluating the aforementioned kernel. This fact is reflected in the form of the obtained solutions, for which the deviations from the correct behavior are best quantified by resorting to appropriately defined renormalizationgroup invariant quantities. This analysis, in turn, provides a solid guiding principle for improving the form of the kernel, and furnishes a welldefined criterion for discriminating between various possibilities. Certain renormalizationgroup inspired Ansatze for the kernel are then proposed, and their numerical implications are explored in detail. One of the solutions obtained fulfills the theoretical expectations to a high degree of accuracy, yielding a gluon mass that is positive definite throughout the entire range of physical momenta, and displays in the ultraviolet the socalled “powerlaw” running, in agreement with standard arguments based on the operator product expansion. Some of the technical difficulties thwarting a more rigorous determination of the kernel are discussed, and possible future directions are briefly mentioned.



Agullo, I., Landete, A., & NavarroSalas, J. (2014). Electricmagnetic duality and renormalization in curved spacetimes. Phys. Rev. D, 90(12), 124067–7pp.
Abstract: We point out that the duality symmetry of free electromagnetism does not hold in the quantum theory if an arbitrary classical gravitational background is present. The symmetry breaks in the process of renormalization, as also happens with conformal invariance. We show that a similar duality anomaly appears for a massless scalar field in 1 + 1 dimensions.



Albertus, C., Hernandez, E., HidalgoDuque, C., & Nieves, J. (2014). (B)overbar(s) > K semileptonic decay from an Omnes improved constituent quark model. Phys. Lett. B, 738, 144–149.
Abstract: We study the f(+) form factor for the semileptonic (B) over bar (s) > K+ l() (V) over bar (l) decay in a constituent quark model. The valence quark estimate is supplemented with the contribution from the (B) over bar* pole that dominates the high q(2) region. We use a multiplysubtracted Omnes dispersion relation to extend the quark model predictions from its region of applicability near q(max)(2) = (MBs – MK)(2) similar to 23.75 GeV2 to all q(2) values accessible in the physical decay. To better constrain the dependence of f(+) on q(2), we fit the subtraction constants to a combined input from previous light cone sum rule by Duplancic and Melic (2008) [11] and the present quark model results. From this analysis, we obtain Gamma ( (B) over bar (s) > K+ l() (V) over bar (l)) = (5.47(0.46)(+0.54)) vertical bar Vub vertical bar(2) x 10(9) MeV, which is about 10% and 20% higher than the predictions based on Lattice QCD and QCD light cone sum rules respectively. The former predictions, for both the form factor f(+) (q(2)) and the differential decay width, lie within the 1 sigma band of our estimated uncertainties for all q(2) values accessible in the physical decay, except for a quite small region very close to q(max)(2). Differences with the light cone sum results for the form factor f(+) are larger than 20% in the region above q(2) = 15 GeV2.



Albertus, C., Hernandez, E., & Nieves, J. (2014). Exclusive c > s, d Semileptonic Decays of Spin1/2 and Spin3/2 cb Baryons. FewBody Syst., 55(810), 767–771.
Abstract: We present results for exclusive semileptonic decay widths of ground state spin1/2 and spin3/2 cb baryons corresponding to a c > s, d transition at the quark level. The relevance of hyperfine mixing in spin1/2 cb baryons is shown. Our form factors are compatible with heavy quark spin symmetry constraints obtained in the infinite heavy quark mass limit.



Albertus, C., Hernandez, E., & Nieves, J. (2014). B > rho semileptonic decays and vertical bar Vub vertical bar. Phys. Rev. D, 90(1), 013017–11pp.
Abstract: We reevaluate the B > rho l(+) nu(l) decay width as a full B. pi pi iota(+)nu iota fourparticle decay, in which the two final pions are produced via an intermediate. meson. The decay width can be written as a convolution of the B > rho l(+) nu(l) decay width, for an offshell., with the.. pp line shape. This allows us to fully incorporate the effects of the finite. meson width and a better comparison with actual experiments. We use an Omn s representation to provide the dependence of the B.. semileptonic form factors on q2. The Omn s subtraction constants and the overall normalization parameter jVubj are fitted to light cone sum rules and lattice QCD theoretical formfactor calculations, in the low and high q2 regions, respectively, together to the CLEO, BABAR, and Belle experimental partial branching fraction distributions. The extracted value from this global fit is jVubj d3.40 +/ 0.15_ x 103, in agreement with jVubj extracted using all other inputs in CabibboKobayashiMaskawa fits and the exclusive semileptonic B. p channel, but showing a clear disagreement with jVubj extracted from inclusive semileptonic b. u decays. As estimated by [U.G. Mei beta ner andW. Wang, J. High Energy Phys. 01 (2014) 107], taking into account the. meson width effects and the actual acceptance of the experiments is essential to render the jVubj determinations from exclusive B. p and B.. decays totally compatible.



Algora, A. et al, Valencia, E., Tain, J. L., Jordan, M. D., Agramunt, J., Rubio, B., et al. (2014). Total Absorption Study of Beta Decays Relevant for Nuclear Applications and Nuclear Structure. Nucl. Data Sheets, 120, 12–15.
Abstract: An overview is given of our activities related to the study of the beta decay of neutron rich nuclei relevant for nuclear applications. Recent results of the study of the beta decay of Br87,Br88 using a new segmented total absorption spectrometer are presented. The measurements were performed at the IGISOL facility using trapassisted total absorption spectroscopy.



Altheimer, A. et al, Fassi, F., Gonzalez de la Hoz, S., Kaci, M., Oliver Garcia, E., Rodrigo, G., et al. (2014). Boosted objects and jet substructure at the LHC. Eur. Phys. J. C, 74(3), 2792–24pp.
Abstract: This report of the BOOST2012 workshop presents the results of four working groups that studied key aspects of jet substructure. We discuss the potential of firstprinciple QCD calculations to yield a precise description of the substructure of jets and study the accuracy of stateoftheart Monte Carlo tools. Limitations of the experiments' ability to resolve substructure are evaluated, with a focus on the impact of additional (pileup) proton proton collisions on jet substructure performance in future LHC operating scenarios. A final section summarizes the lessons learnt from jet substructure analyses in searches for new physics in the production of boosted top quarks.



AlvarezRuso, L., Hayato, Y., & Nieves, J. (2014). Progress and open questions in the physics of neutrino cross sections at intermediate energies. New J. Phys., 16, 075015–62pp.
Abstract: New and more precise measurements of neutrino cross sections have renewed interest in a better understanding of electroweak interactions on nucleons and nuclei. This effort is crucial to achieving the precision goals of the neutrino oscillation program, making new discoveries, like the CP violation in the leptonic sector, possible. We review the recent progress in the physics of neutrino cross sections, putting emphasis on the open questions that arise in the comparison with new experimental data. Following an overview of recent neutrino experiments and future plans, we present some details about the theoretical development in the description of (anti) neutrinoinduced quasielastic (QE) scattering and the role of multinucleon QElike mechanisms. We cover not only pion production in nucleons and nuclei but also other inelastic channels including strangeness production and photon emission. Coherent reaction channels on nuclear targets are also discussed. Finally, we briefly describe some of the Monte Carlo event generators, which are at the core of all neutrino oscillation and crosssection measurements.



Anderson, L. et al, & Mena, O. (2014). The clustering of galaxies in the SDSSIII Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey: measuring DA and H at z=0.57 from the baryon acoustic peak in the Data Release 9 spectroscopic Galaxy sample. Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc., 439(1), 83–101.
Abstract: We present measurements of the angular diameter distance to and Hubble parameter at z = 0.57 from the measurement of the baryon acoustic peak in the correlation of galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey. Our analysis is based on a sample from Data Release 9 of 264 283 galaxies over 3275 square degrees in the redshift range 0.43 < z < 0.70. We use two different methods to provide robust measurement of the acoustic peak position across and along the line of sight in order to measure the cosmological distance scale. We find DA(0.57) = 1408 +/ 45 Mpc and H(0.57) = 92.9 +/ 7.8 km s(1) Mpc(1) for our fiducial value of the sound horizon. These results from the anisotropic fitting are fully consistent with the analysis of the spherically averaged acoustic peak position presented in Anderson et al. Our distance measurements are a close match to the predictions of the standard cosmological model featuring a cosmological constant and zero spatial curvature.

