K ->pi pi amplitudes from lattice QCD with a light charm quark
We compute the leading-order low-energy constants of the Delta S=1 effective weak Hamiltonian in the quenched approximation of QCD with up, down, strange, and charm quarks degenerate and light. They are extracted by comparing the predictions of finite-volume chiral perturbation theory with lattice QCD computations of suitable correlation functions carried out with quark masses ranging from a few MeV up to half of the physical strange mass. We observe a Delta I=1/2 enhancement in this corner of the parameter space of the theory. Although matching with the experimental result is not observed for the Delta I=1/2 amplitude, our computation suggests large QCD contributions to the physical Delta I=1/2 rule in the GIM limit, and represents the first step to quantify the role of the charm-quark mass in K ->pi pi amplitudes. The use of fermions with an exact chiral symmetry is an essential ingredient in our computation.
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