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 anomalous production of prompt like-sign lepton pairs at √s =7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2012, no. 12, Jan. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2012)007. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Electron performance measurements with the ATLAS detector using the 2010 LHC proton-proton collision data.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 72, no. 3, Jan. 2012, pp. 1–46. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-1909-1. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of inclusive two-particle angular correlations in pp collisions with the atlas detector at the LHC.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2012, no. 5, Jan. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP05(2012)157. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for new particles decaying to ZZ using final states with leptons and jets with the ATLAS detector in √s=7 TeV proton-proton collisions.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 712, no. 4–5, 2012, pp. 331–50. Scival, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2012.05.020. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for pair production of massive particles decaying into three quarks with the ATLAS detector in √s = 7 TeV pp collisions at the LHC.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2012, no. 12, Jan. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2012)086. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the polarisation of W bosons produced with large transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s =7 TeV with the ATLAS experiment.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 72, no. 5, Jan. 2012, pp. 1–30. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2001-6. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “ATLAS search for a heavy gauge boson decaying to a charged lepton and a neutrino in pp collisions at √s =7 TeV.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 72, no. 12, Jan. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2241-5. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for the decay Bs0→μ+μ- with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 713, no. 4–5, 2012, pp. 387–407. Scival, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2012.06.013. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “A search for tt̄ resonances in lepton+jets events with highly boosted top quarks collected in pp collisions at √s = 7TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2012, no. 9, Jan. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2012)041. Full Text

ATLAS Collaboration, C. D. F., et al. “A search for [Formula: see text] resonances with the ATLAS detector in 2.05 fb-1 of proton-proton collisions at [Formula: see text]..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 72, no. 7, Jan. 2012. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2083-1. Full Text

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