Unraveling duality violations in hadronic tau decays

Oscar Catà, Maarten Golterman, Santiago Peris

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There are some indications from recent determinations of the strong coupling constant αs and the gluon condensate that the operator product expansion may not be accurate enough to describe nonperturbative effects in hadronic tau decays. This breakdown of the operator product expansion is usually referred to as being due to "duality violations." With the help of a physically motivated model, we investigate these duality violations. Based on this model, we argue how they may introduce a non-negligible systematic error in the current analysis, which employs finite-energy sum rules with pinched weights. In particular, this systematic effect might affect the precision determination of αs from tau decays. With a view to a possible future application to real data, we present an alternative method for determining the operator product expansion coefficients that might help with estimating, and possibly even reducing, this systematic error. © 2008 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number093006
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2008

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