Richard J. Dowdall

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We present the first lattice QCD calculation of the decay constants f(B) and f(B(s)) with physical light quark masses. We use configurations generated by the MILC Collaboration including the effect of u, d, s, and c highly improved staggered quarks in the sea at three lattice spacings and with three u/d quark mass values going down to the physical value. We(More)
The amplitude for the 4-simplex in a spin foam model for quantum gravity is defined using a graphical calculus for the unitary representations of the Lorentz group. The asymptotics of this amplitude are studied in the limit when the representation parameters are large, for various cases of boundary data. It is shown that for boundary data corresponding to a(More)
The semiclassical limit of a 4-simplex amplitude for a spin foam quantum gravity model with an Immirzi parameter is studied. If the boundary state represents a non-degenerate 4-simplex geometry, the asymptotic formula contains the Regge action for general relativity. A canonical choice of phase for the boundary state is introduced and is shown to be(More)
We study the asymptotic properties of four-simplex amplitudes for various four-dimensional spin foam models. We investigate the semi-classical limit of the Ooguri, Euclidean and Lorentzian EPRL models using coherent states for the boundary data. For some classes of geometrical boundary data, the asymptotic formulae are given, in all three cases, by simple(More)
Using the coherent state techniques developed for the analysis of the EPRL model we give the asymptotic formula for the Ponzano-Regge model amplitude for non-tardis triangulations of handlebodies in the limit of large boundary spins. The formula produces a sum over all possible immersions of the boundary triangulation and its value is given by the cosine of(More)
We calculate the full spectrum of D-wave states in the Υ system in lattice QCD for the first time, by using an improved version of nonrelativistic QCD on coarse and fine "second-generation" gluon field configurations from the MILC Collaboration that include the effect of up, down, strange, and charm quarks in the sea. By taking the 2S-1S splitting to set(More)
The exclusive semileptonic decay B → πlν is a key process for the determination of the CabibboKobayashi-Maskawa matrix element Vub from the comparison of experimental rates as a function of q with theoretically determined form factors. The sensitivity of the form factors to the u=d quark mass has meant significant systematic uncertainties in lattice QCD(More)
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