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. “Search for pair production of Higgs bosons in the bbbb final state using proton-proton collisions at √s =13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 94, no. 5, Sept. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.94.052002. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Oliver L., et al. “Search for resonances in diphoton events at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 9, Sept. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2016)001. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Laurence, et al. “Measurement of total and differential W + W − production cross sections in proton-proton collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector and limits on anomalous triple-gauge-boson couplings.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 9, Sept. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2016)029. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of jet activity in top quark events using the eμ final state with two b-tagged jets in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 9, Sept. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2016)074. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, G., et al. “Searches for heavy diboson resonances in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 9, Sept. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2016)173. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Atlas, et al. “Dark matter interpretations of ATLAS searches for the electroweak production of supersymmetric particles in √s=8 TeV proton-proton collisions.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 9, Sept. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2016)175. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of exclusive γγ →w+W- production and search for exclusive Higgs boson production in pp collisions at s =8 TeV using the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 94, no. 3, Aug. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.94.032011. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurements of the charge asymmetry in top-quark pair production in the dilepton final state at s =8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 94, no. 3, Aug. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.94.032006. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for new phenomena in final states with an energetic jet and large missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at s =13 TeV using the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 94, no. 3, Aug. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.94.032005. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for charged Higgs bosons produced in association with a top quark and decaying via H± → τν using pp collision data recorded at √s=13 TeV by the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 759, Aug. 2016, pp. 555–74. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.06.017. Full Text

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