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. “Performance of b-jet identification in the ATLAS experiment.” Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 11, no. 4, Apr. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/11/04/P04008. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, L., et al. “Search for anomalous couplings in the W tb vertex from the measurement of double differential angular decay rates of single top quarks produced in the t-channel with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 4, Apr. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP04(2016)023. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for magnetic monopoles and stable particles with high electric charges in 8 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 93, no. 5, Mar. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.052009. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Elizabeth D., et al. “Search for charged Higgs bosons in the H± → tb decay channel in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV using the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 3, Mar. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP03(2016)127. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Dijet production in √s=7 TeV pp collisions with large rapidity gaps at the ATLAS experiment.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 754, Mar. 2016, pp. 214–34. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.01.028. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for new phenomena in dijet mass and angular distributions from pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 754, Mar. 2016, pp. 302–22. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.01.032. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the ZZ Production Cross Section in pp Collisions at sqrt[s]=13  TeV with the ATLAS Detector..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 116, no. 10, Mar. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.116.101801. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Fowler Vance G., et al. “Search for new phenomena with photon+jet events in proton-proton collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 3, Mar. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP03(2016)041. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for strong gravity in multijet final states produced in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV using the ATLAS detector at the LHC.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 3, Mar. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP03(2016)026. Full Text

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