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

The ATLAS collaboration, Yang, et al. “Search for high-mass diboson resonances with boson-tagged jets in proton-proton collisions at √s = 8TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2015, no. 12, Dec. 2015, pp. 1–39. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2015)055. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for flavour-changing neutral current top quark decays t → Hq in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2015, no. 12, Dec. 2015, pp. 1–65. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2015)061. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, S., et al. “Measurement of four-jet differential cross sections in √s=8 TeV proton-proton collisions using the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2015, no. 12, Dec. 2015, pp. 1–76. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2015)105. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of colour flow with the jet pull angle in tt- events using the ATLAS detector at √s=8 TeV.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 750, Nov. 2015, pp. 475–93. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2015.09.051. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of transverse energy-energy correlations in multi-jet events in pp collisions at s=7 TeV using the ATLAS detector and determination of the strong coupling constant as(mZ).” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 750, Nov. 2015, pp. 427–47. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2015.09.050. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Constraints on new phenomena via Higgs boson couplings and invisible decays with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2015, no. 11, Nov. 2015, pp. 1–52. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP11(2015)206. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for lepton-flavour-violating H → μτ decays of the Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2015, no. 11, Nov. 2015, pp. 1–33. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP11(2015)211. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of differential J/ψ production cross sections and forward-backward ratios in p + Pb collisions with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 92, no. 3, Oct. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.92.034904. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for massive, long-lived particles using multitrack displaced vertices or displaced lepton pairs in pp collisions at s =8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 92, no. 7, Oct. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.92.072004. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of exclusive γγ→ℓ+ℓ− production in proton–proton collisions at √s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 749, Oct. 2015, pp. 242–61. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2015.07.069. Full Text

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