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. “Search for single production of a vector-like quark via a heavy gluon in the 4b final state with the ATLAS detector in pp collisions at s=8 TeV.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 758, July 2016, pp. 249–68. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.04.061. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “A search for an excited muon decaying to a muon and two jets in pp collisions at √ s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” New Journal of Physics, vol. 18, no. 7, July 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1367-2630/18/7/073021. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for metastable heavy charged particles with large ionization energy loss in pp collisions at s =13 TeV using the ATLAS experiment.” Physical Review D, vol. 93, no. 11, June 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.112015. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for new phenomena in final states with large jet multiplicities and missing transverse momentum with ATLAS using √s=13 TeV proton–proton collisions.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 757, June 2016, pp. 334–55. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.04.005. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurements of Zγ and Zγγ production in pp collisions at s =8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 93, no. 11, June 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.112002. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of D⁎±, D± and Ds± meson production cross sections in pp collisions at √s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Nuclear Physics B, vol. 907, June 2016, pp. 717–63. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2016.04.032. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “A search for top squarks with R-parity-violating decays to all-hadronic final states with the ATLAS detector in √s = 8 TeV proton-proton collisions.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 6, June 2016, pp. 1–49. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP06(2016)067. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, David B., et al. “Search for new phenomena in events with a photon and missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 6, June 2016, pp. 1–41. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP06(2016)059. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Identification of high transverse momentum top quarks in pp collisions at √s= 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 6, June 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP06(2016)093. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of the relative width difference of the B0‐ B¯ 0 system with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 6, June 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP06(2016)081. Full Text

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