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

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for invisible decays of a Higgs boson using vector-boson fusion in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 1–44. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP01(2016)172. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, Doug M., et al. “Search for an additional, heavy Higgs boson in the [Formula: see text] decay channel at [Formula: see text] in [Formula: see text] collision data with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3820-z. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the correlation between the polar angles of leptons from top quark decays in the helicity basis at s =7 T e V using the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D, vol. 93, no. 1, Jan. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.012002. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for flavour-changing neutral current top-quark decays to [Formula: see text] in [Formula: see text] collision data collected with the ATLAS detector at [Formula: see text] TeV..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3851-5. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurements of fiducial cross-sections for [Formula: see text] production with one or two additional b-jets in pp collisions at [Formula: see text]=8 TeV using the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3852-4. Full Text

ATLAS Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Searches for scalar leptoquarks in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3823-9. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Study of the [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] decays with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3743-8. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurements of the Higgs boson production and decay rates and coupling strengths using pp collision data at [Formula: see text] and 8 TeV in the ATLAS experiment..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3769-y. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of the charged-particle multiplicity inside jets from [Formula: see text][Formula: see text] pp collisions with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 6, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4126-5. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Test of CP invariance in vector-boson fusion production of the Higgs boson using the Optimal Observable method in the ditau decay channel with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 12, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4499-5. Full Text

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