Short-distance matrix elements for $Dtextasciicircum0$-meson mixing for $N_f=2+1$ lattice QCD


We calculate in three-flavor lattice QCD the short-distance hadronic matrix elements of all five ΔC=2 four-fermion operators that contribute to neutral D-meson mixing both in and beyond the Standard Model. We use the MILC Collaboration’s Nf=2+1 lattice gauge-field configurations generated with asqtad-improved staggered sea quarks. We also employ the asqtad action for the valence light quarks and use the clover action with the Fermilab interpretation for the charm quark. We analyze a large set of ensembles with pions as light as Mπ≈180  MeV and lattice spacings as fine as a≈0.045  fm, thereby enabling good control over the extrapolation to the physical pion mass and continuum limit. We obtain for the matrix elements in the MS¯-NDR scheme using the choice of evanescent operators proposed by Beneke et al., evaluated at 3 GeV, ⟨D0textbarOitextbarD¯0⟩=0.0805(55)(16),-0.1561(70)(31),0.0464(31)(9),0.2747(129)(55),0.1035(71)(21)  GeV4 (i=1–5). The errors shown are from statistics and lattice systematics, and the omission of charmed sea quarks, respectively. To illustrate the utility of our matrix-element results, we place bounds on the scale of CP-violating new physics in D0 mixing, finding lower limits of about 10–50×103  TeV for couplings of O(1). To enable our results to be employed in more sophisticated or model-specific phenomenological studies, we provide the correlations among our matrix-element results. For convenience, we also present numerical results in the other commonly used scheme of Buras, Misiak, and Urban.