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

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for resonances in the mass distribution of jet pairs with one or two jets identified as b-jets in proton–proton collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 759, Aug. 2016, pp. 229–46. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.05.064. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of W± and Z-boson production cross sections in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 759, Aug. 2016, pp. 601–21. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.06.023. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Erin L., et al. “Measurement of the inclusive isolated prompt photon cross section in pp collisions at s=8TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 8, Aug. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2016)005. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of fiducial differential cross sections of gluon-fusion production of Higgs bosons decaying to WW ∗→eνμν with the ATLAS detector at √s=8 TeV.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 8, Aug. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2016)104. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Warren C. W., et al. “Measurements of the Higgs boson production and decay rates and constraints on its couplings from a combined ATLAS and CMS analysis of the LHC pp collision data at √s = 7 and 8 TeV.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 8, Aug. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2016)045. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, V., et al. “Measurement of the CP-violating phase ϕsand the Bs0meson decay width difference with Bs0→ J/ψϕ decays in ATLAS.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 8, Aug. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2016)147. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of the angular coefficients in Z-boson events using electron and muon pairs from data taken at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 8, Aug. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2016)159. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of the double-differential high-mass Drell-Yan cross section in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 8, Aug. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2016)009. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Charged-particle distributions in √s=13 TeV pp interactions measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 758, July 2016, pp. 67–88. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.04.050. Full Text

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