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

Aad, G., et al. “The performance of the jet trigger for the ATLAS detector during 2011 data taking..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 10, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4325-0. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for new phenomena in events with at least three photons collected in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 4, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4034-8. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Probing lepton flavour violation via neutrinoless [Formula: see text] decays with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 5, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4041-9. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the centrality dependence of the charged-particle pseudorapidity distribution in proton-lead collisions at [Formula: see text] TeV with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 4, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4002-3. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the differential cross-sections of prompt and non-prompt production of [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] and 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 5, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4050-8. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “A new method to distinguish hadronically decaying boosted Z bosons from W bosons using the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 5, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4065-1. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for gluinos in events with an isolated lepton, jets and missing transverse momentum at [Formula: see text] = 13 Te V with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 10, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4397-x. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for supersymmetry at [Formula: see text] TeV in final states with jets and two same-sign leptons or three leptons with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 5, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4095-8. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for bottom squark pair production in proton-proton collisions at [Formula: see text] TeV with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 10, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4382-4. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, V. B., et al. “Muon reconstruction performance of the ATLAS detector in proton-proton collision data at [Formula: see text]=13 TeV..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 5, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4120-y. Full Text

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