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. “Search for the electroweak production of supersymmetric particles in √s = 8 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 93, no. 5, Mar. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.052002. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of jet charge in dijet events from s =8 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 93, no. 5, Mar. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.052003. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Erratum to ATLAS Run 1 searches for direct pair production of third-generation squarks at the Large Hadron Collider.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 76, no. 3, Mar. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-3935-x. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Erratum to: Study of the spin and parity of the Higgs boson in diboson decays with the ATLAS detector.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 76, no. 3, Mar. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-3934-y. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Constraints on non-Standard Model Higgs boson interactions in an effective Lagrangian using differential cross sections measured in the H → γγ decay channel at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 753, Feb. 2016, pp. 69–85. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2015.11.071. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurements of four-lepton production in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 753, Feb. 2016, pp. 552–72. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2015.12.048. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for the production of single vector-like and excited quarks in the Wt final state in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 2, Feb. 2016, pp. 1–46. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP02(2016)110. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “A search for prompt lepton-jets in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 2, Feb. 2016, pp. 1–51. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP02(2016)062. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for single top-quark production via flavour-changing neutral currents at 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-3876-4. Full Text

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