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 high-mass resonances decaying to dilepton final states in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2012, no. 11, Jan. 2012, pp. 1–45. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP11(2012)138. Full Text

The ATLAS Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for heavy neutrinos and right-handed W bosons in events with two leptons and jets in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] with the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 72, no. 7, Jan. 2012, p. 2056. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2056-4. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for a fermiophobic Higgs boson in the diphoton decay channel with the ATLAS detector.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 72, no. 9, Jan. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2157-0. Full Text

ATLAS Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for lepton flavour violation in the eμ continuum with the ATLAS detector in [Formula: see text]pp collisions at the LHC.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 72, no. 6, Jan. 2012, p. 2040. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2040-z. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for events with large missing transverse momentum, jets, and at least two tau leptons in 7 TeV proton-proton collision data with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 714, no. 2–5, 2012, pp. 180–96. Scival, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2012.06.055. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the W boson polarization in top quark decays with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2012, no. 6, Jan. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP06(2012)088. Full Text

ATLAS Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of [Formula: see text] production with a veto on additional central jet activity in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] TeV using the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 72, no. 6, Jan. 2012, p. 2043. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2043-9. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for diphoton events with large missing transverse momentum in 1 fb -1 of 7 TeV proton-proton collision data with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 710, no. 4–5, 2012, pp. 519–37. Scival, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2012.02.054. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for anomaly-mediated supersymmetry breaking with the ATLAS detector based on a disappearing-track signature in pp collisions at √s=7 TeV.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 72, no. 4, Jan. 2012, pp. 1–20. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-1993-2. Full Text

ATLAS Collaboration, Alex I., et al. “Measurement of the top quark mass with the template method in the [Formula: see text] channel using ATLAS data..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 72, no. 6, Jan. 2012. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2046-6. Full Text

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