penguins Be mesons

penguin diagram

The experiment picks out B mesons produced when electrons and positrons annihilate. A B meson contains two quarks, one of which is a heavy ‘bottom’ or b quark. When the B-meson decays, the b quark can be transformed into another variety of quark, such as a strange (s) quark. In the decay process studied by the collaboration, the s quark becomes part of a kaon (K), and a pair of oppositely charged leptons (l), which may be electrons or muons, are also produced. This interaction is known as a ‘penguin’ process, as its Feynman diagram can be drawn to resemble a penguin (see illustration).
Nature – Penguin picked up

So now we know..

but what about that elephant?

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