Implications for CP asymmetries of improved data on $B \to K^0 \pi^0$

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Gronau, Michael
Rosner, Jonathan L.
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The decay $B^0 \to K^0 \pi^0$, dominated by a $b \to s$ penguin amplitude, holds the potential for exhibiting new physics in this amplitude. In the pure QCD penguin limit one expects $\ckp = 0$ and $\skp = \sin 2 \beta$ for the coefficients of $\cos \Delta m t$ and $\sin \Delta m t$ in the time-dependent CP asymmetry. Small non-penguin contributions lead to corrections to these expressions which are calculated in terms of isospin-related $B\to K\pi$ rates and asymmetries, using information about strong phases from experiment. We study the prospects for incisive tests of the Standard Model through examination of these corrections. We update a prediction $\ckp=0.15\pm 0.04$, pointing out the sensitivity of a prediction $\skp\approx 1$ to the measured branching ratio for $B^0\to K^0\pi^0$ and to other observables.
Comment: Note added, to be published in Physics Letters B
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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, High Energy Physics - Experiment
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