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

Aad, G., et al. “Beam-induced and cosmic-ray backgrounds observed in the ATLAS detector during the LHC 2012 proton-proton running period.” Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 11, no. 5, May 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/11/05/P05013. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for the standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a vector boson and decaying into a tau pair in pp collisions at s =8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 93, no. 9, May 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.092005. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurements of W±Z production cross sections in pp collisions at s =8 TeV with the ATLAS detector and limits on anomalous gauge boson self-couplings.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 93, no. 9, May 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.092004. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Evidence for single top-quark production in the s-channel in proton–proton collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector using the Matrix Element Method.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 756, May 2016, pp. 228–46. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.03.017. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the charge asymmetry in highly boosted top-quark pair production in √s=8 TeV pp collision data collected by the ATLAS experiment.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 756, May 2016, pp. 52–71. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.02.055. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the dependence of transverse energy production at large pseudorapidity on the hard-scattering kinematics of proton–proton collisions at √s=2.76 TeV with ATLAS.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 756, May 2016, pp. 10–28. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.02.056. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for the Standard Model Higgs boson decaying into bb¯ produced in association with top quarks decaying hadronically in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 5, May 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP05(2016)160. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Observation of Long-Range Elliptic Azimuthal Anisotropies in sqrt[s]=13 and 2.76 TeV pp Collisions with the ATLAS Detector..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 116, no. 17, Apr. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.116.172301. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for dark matter produced in association with a Higgs boson decaying to two bottom quarks in pp collisions at s =8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 93, no. 7, Apr. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.072007. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Combination of searches for WW, WZ, and ZZ resonances in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 755, Apr. 2016, pp. 285–305. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.02.015. Full Text

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