A new simple form of quark mixing matrix

Nan Qin, Bo Qiang Ma

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Although different parametrizations of quark mixing matrix are mathematically equivalent, the consequences of experimental analysis may be distinct. Based on the triminimal expansion of Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix around the unit matrix, we propose a new simple parametrization. Compared with the Wolfenstein parametrization, we find that the new form is not only consistent with the original one in the hierarchical structure, but also more convenient for numerical analysis and measurement of the CP-violating phase. By discussing the relation between our new form and the unitarity boomerang, we point out that along with the unitarity boomerang, this new parametrization is useful in hunting for new physics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-198
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jan 10 2011


  • CP-violation phase
  • Parametrization
  • Quark mixing matrix
  • Unitarity boomerang

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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