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

Adams, D., et al. “Towards an understanding of the correlations in jet substructure: Report of BOOST2013, hosted by the University of Arizona, 12th–16th of August 2013.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 75, no. 9, Sept. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3587-2. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Centrality and rapidity dependence of inclusive jet production in √sNN =5 .02 TeV proton–lead collisions with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 748, Sept. 2015, pp. 392–413. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2015.07.023. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Scott D., et al. “Search for production of vector-like quark pairs and of four top quarks in the lepton-plus-jets final state in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2015, no. 8, Aug. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2015)105. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for high-mass diphoton resonances in pp collisions at s =8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 92, no. 3, Aug. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.92.032004. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Yangfeng, et al. “Search for new phenomena in events with three or more charged leptons in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2015, no. 8, Aug. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2015)138. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Patricia, et al. “A search for tt resonances using lepton-plus-jets events in proton-proton collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2015, no. 8, Aug. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2015)148. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Study of (W/Z)H production and Higgs boson couplings using H→ W W∗ decays with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2015, no. 8, Aug. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2015)137. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for type-III seesaw heavy leptons in pp collisions at s =8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 92, no. 3, Aug. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.92.032001. Full Text

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