The quark mixing matrix is diagonalized. The use of the exponential parametrization leads to straightforward results, obtained in exact form, without simplifying assumptions. We define weak-interaction eigenstates in the sense of Fritzch and Planckl. The relevant mass matrices are derived and are shown to belong to Barnhill canonical forms. It is proven that, at lowest order, these matrices exhibit a democratic structure. The mechanism of democracy breaking is finally discussed. © 1995 Società Italiana di Fisica.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
Dattoli, G., & Torre, A. (1995). Mass matrices of weak interaction, quark flavour mixing and exponential form of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix. La Rivista del Nuovo Cimento, 108(5), 589 - 599. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02816854