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 vector-like quarks decaying into Wb in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] TeV with the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 8, Jan. 2016, p. 442. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4281-8. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of the [Formula: see text] dijet cross section in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] TeV with the ATLAS detector.Eur Phys J C Part Fields, vol. 76, no. 12, 2016, p. 670. Pubmed, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4521-y. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of the total cross section from elastic scattering in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 761, Jan. 2016, pp. 158–78. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.08.020. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for supersymmetry in a final state containing two photons and missing transverse momentum in [Formula: see text] = 13 TeV [Formula: see text] collisions at the LHC using the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 9, Jan. 2016, p. 517. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4344-x. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, Y., et al. “Search for direct top squark pair production in final states with two tau leptons in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] TeV with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-3897-z. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Study of the rare decays of [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] into muon pairs from data collected during the LHC Run 1 with the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 9, Jan. 2016, p. 513. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4338-8. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for the Higgs boson produced in association with a W boson and decaying to four b-quarks via two spin-zero particles in pp collisions at 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector.Eur Phys J C Part Fields, vol. 76, no. 11, 2016, p. 605. Pubmed, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4418-9. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Identification of boosted, hadronically decaying W bosons and comparisons with ATLAS data taken at [Formula: see text] TeV..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-3978-z. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Charged-particle distributions at low transverse momentum in [Formula: see text] TeV pp interactions measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 9, Jan. 2016, p. 502. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4335-y. Full Text

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