Ayana T. Arce

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

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

Aaboud, M., et al. “A measurement of material in the ATLAS tracker using secondary hadronic interactions in 7TeV pp collisions.” Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 11, no. 11, Nov. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/11/11/P11020. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of the Inelastic Proton-Proton Cross Section at sqrt[s]=13  TeV with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC..” Phys Rev Lett, vol. 117, no. 18, Oct. 2016. Pubmed, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.182002. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of the tt¯ production cross-section using eμ events with b-tagged jets in pp collisions at √s=13TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 761, Oct. 2016, pp. 136–57. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.08.019. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of the top quark mass in the tt¯→dilepton channel from √s=8 TeV ATLAS data.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 761, Oct. 2016, pp. 350–71. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.08.042. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for high-mass new phenomena in the dilepton final state using proton–proton collisions at s=13TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 761, Oct. 2016, pp. 372–92. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.08.055. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for top squarks in final states with one isolated lepton, jets, and missing transverse momentum in s =13 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 94, no. 5, Sept. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.94.052009. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for TeV-scale gravity signatures in high-mass final states with leptons and jets with the ATLAS detector at √s=13 TeV.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 760, Sept. 2016, pp. 520–37. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.07.030. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for heavy long-lived charged R-hadrons with the ATLAS detector in 3.2 fb−1 of proton–proton collision data at √s=13 TeV.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 760, Sept. 2016, pp. 647–65. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.07.042. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for Higgs and Z Boson Decays to ϕγ with the ATLAS Detector..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 117, no. 11, Sept. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.117.111802. Full Text

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