The mass of the b quark

Aida X. El-Khadra, Michael Luke

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We review the current status of determinations of the b-quark mass, mb. We describe the theoretical tools required for determining mb, with particular emphasis on effective field theories both in the continuum and on the lattice. We present several definitions of mb and highlight their advantages and disadvantages. Finally, we discuss the determinations of mb from bb̄ systems, b-flavored hadrons, and high-energy processes, with careful attention to the corresponding theoretical uncertainties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-251
Number of pages51
JournalAnnual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
StatePublished - 2002


  • B quark
  • Effective field theory
  • Heavy quarks
  • QCD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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