Ayana T. Arce

Associate Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
269 Physics, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Phone: 
(919) 684-1723

Overview

Hadron colliders are attempting to produce evidence of phenomena beyond the "Standard Model" of particle physics, which is our current, best description of how fundamental particles interact. This description works very well for collider experiments, but is known to be incomplete: it doesn't explain neutrino masses and mixings, it cannot account for dark matter, and it doesn't treat gravity or the accelerating expansion of the universe. The observation of particle interactions that the Standard Model cannot explain would help us build up a better theory that accounts for these striking phenomena.

In my research I concentrate on better understanding what takes place in hadron collider events with complicated final state topologies, like the production and decay of top quarks and heavy gauge bosons. In these events, I am looking for any hint of non-Standard Model interactions.

My current studies use the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and consequently, many of my recent research activities also support the broader experimental program of ATLAS.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2006

  • B.S., Princeton University 1998

Research in High Energy Physics at Duke University awarded by Department of Energy (Co-Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2019

REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Nuclear Physics at TUNL/Duke University awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018

REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Nuclear Physics at TUNL/Duke University awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015

Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adachi, S, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Agricola, J, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, and Alexander, G et al. "Search for dark matter produced in association with a hadronically decaying vector boson in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector." Physics Letters B 763 (December 2016): 251-268. Full Text

Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Agricola, J, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, Alexopoulos, T, and Alhroob, M et al. "Transverse momentum, rapidity, and centrality dependence of inclusive charged-particle production in sNN=5.02 TeV p+Pb collisions measured by the ATLAS experiment." Physics Letters B 763 (December 2016): 313-336. Full Text

Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adachi, S, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, and Alexopoulos, T et al. "Measurement of W+W− production in association with one jet in proton–proton collisions at s=8TeV with the ATLAS detector." Physics Letters B 763 (December 2016): 114-133. Full Text

Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Agricola, J, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, and Alexopoulos, T et al. "Measurement of the W ± Z boson pair-production cross section in pp collisions at with the ATLAS detector." Physics Letters B 762 (November 2016): 1-22. Full Text

Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Agricola, J, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, and Alexopoulos, T et al. "Search for new resonances in events with one lepton and missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at with the ATLAS detector." Physics Letters B 762 (November 2016): 334-352. Full Text

Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Agricola, J, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, and Alexopoulos, T et al. "Measurement of top quark pair differential cross sections in the dilepton channel in collisions at and 8 TeV with ATLAS." Physical Review D 94.9 (November 2016). Full Text

Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Agricola, J, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, and Alexopoulos, T et al. "Search for the Standard Model Higgs boson produced by vector-boson fusion and decaying to bottom quarks in s = 8 $$ \sqrt{s}=8 $$ TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector." Journal of High Energy Physics 2016.11 (November 2016). Full Text

Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adachi, S, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, and Alexopoulos, T et al. "Study of hard double-parton scattering in four-jet events in pp collisions at s = 7 $$ \sqrt{s}=7 $$ TeV with the ATLAS experiment." Journal of High Energy Physics 2016.11 (November 2016). Full Text

Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Agricola, J, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Verzini, MJA, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, Alexopoulos, T, and Alhroob, M et al. "A measurement of material in the ATLAS tracker using secondary hadronic interactions in 7 TeV pp collisions." Journal of Instrumentation 11.11 (November 1, 2016): P11020-P11020. Full Text

Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Agricola, J, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, and Alexopoulos, T et al. "Measurement of the Inelastic Proton-Proton Cross Section at sqrt[s]=13  TeV with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC." Physical review letters 117.18 (October 26, 2016): 182002-. Full Text

Pages

Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdallah, J, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Aben, R, Abolins, M, AbouZeid, OS, Abramowicz, H, Abreu, H, Abreu, R, Abulaiti, Y, Acharya, BS, Adamczyk, L, Adams, DL, Adelman, J, Adomeit, S, Adye, T, Affolder, AA, Agatonovic-Jovin, T, Agricola, J, Aguilar-Saavedra, JA, Ahlen, SP, Ahmadov, F, Aielli, G, Akerstedt, H, Åkesson, TPA, Akimov, AV, Alberghi, GL, Albert, J, Albrand, S, Alconada Verzini, MJ, Aleksa, M, Aleksandrov, IN, Alexa, C, Alexander, G, Alexopoulos, T, and Alhroob, M et al. "ATLAS Collaboration." December 2016. Full Text