Date of Award

Fall 1995

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Director

J. W. Van Orden

Committee Member

James L. Cox, Jr.

Committee Member

Ali A. Nowroozi

Committee Member

Paul Ulmer

Committee Member

Kar Y. Lee


Motivated by the present interest in the heavy quark effective theory, we construct a model for heavy mesons based on a relativistic bound state wave equation, the Gross equation. The kernel we use is based on scalar confining and vector Coulomb potentials. Wave functions are treated to leading order and energies to order 1/MQ in the heavy-light systems, and to order 1/M2Q in heavy-heavy systems. Our results are in good agreement with experimental measurements. This model may be used to study weak decay properties in the framework of the heavy quark effective theory and ultimately to extract Vcb from experimental data.


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