Ayana T. Arce

Ayana T. Arce

Associate Professor of Physics

Director of Undergraduate Studies 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

Selected Grants

REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Nuclear Particle Physics at TUNL and Duke awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

Research in High Energy Physics at Duke University awarded by Department of Energy (Co Investigator). 2013 to 2020

REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Nuclear Physics at TUNL/Duke University awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2019

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). 2009 to 2015

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for Dark Matter Produced in Association with a Higgs Boson Decaying to bb[over ¯] Using 36  fb^{-1} of pp Collisions at sqrt[s]=13  TeV with the ATLAS Detector..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 119, no. 18, Nov. 2017. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.119.181804. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Correction to: Identification and rejection of pile-up jets at high pseudorapidity with the ATLAS detector (Eur. Phys. J. C, (2017), 77, (580), 10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-5081-5).” European Physical Journal C, vol. 77, no. 10, Oct. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-5245-3. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of inclusive and differential cross sections in the H → ZZ * → 4ℓ decay channel in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2017, no. 10, Oct. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP10(2017)132. Full Text

Aaboud, M., 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, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 763, Dec. 2016, pp. 251–68. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.10.042. Full Text

Aad, G., 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, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 763, Dec. 2016, pp. 313–36. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.10.053. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of W+W-production in association with one jet in proton-proton collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 763, Dec. 2016, pp. 114–33. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.10.014. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of top quark pair differential cross sections in the dilepton channel in pp collisions at √s =7 and 8 TeV with ATLAS.” Physical Review D, vol. 94, no. 9, Nov. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.94.092003. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of the W±Z boson pair-production cross section in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 762, Nov. 2016, pp. 1–22. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.08.052. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for new resonances in events with one lepton and missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 762, Nov. 2016, pp. 334–52. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.09.040. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Study of hard double-parton scattering in four-jet events in pp collisions at √s=7 TeV with the ATLAS experiment.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 11, Nov. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP11(2016)110. Full Text

Pages

Aaboud, M., et al. “ATLAS Collaboration.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 982, 2019, pp. 985–1009. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0375-9474(18)30499-8. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “ATLAS Collaboration.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 967, 2017, pp. 942–64. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0375-9474(17)30376-7. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “ATLAS Collaboration.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 956, 2016, pp. 922–44. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0375-9474(16)30232-9. Full Text

Japanese multicenter study group on male high imperforate anus, US Preventive Serv Task. “Multicenter retrospective comparative study of laparoscopically assisted and conventional anorectoplasty for male infants with rectoprostatic urethral fistula..” Journal of Pediatric Surgery, vol. 48, no. 12, 2013, pp. 2383–88. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.08.010. Full Text