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 the Standard Model Higgs boson in the decay channel H→ZZ(*)→4ℓ with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 705, no. 5, Nov. 2011, pp. 435–51. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.10.034. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the transverse momentum distribution of Z/γ* bosons in proton-proton collisions at s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 705, no. 5, Nov. 2011, pp. 415–34. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.10.018. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for a standard model Higgs boson in the H→ZZ→ℓ(+)ℓ(-)νν decay channel with the ATLAS detector.Physical Review Letters, vol. 107, no. 22, Nov. 2011, p. 221802. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.107.221802. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for new phenomena with the monojet and missing transverse momentum signature using the ATLAS detector in s=7TeV proton-proton collisions.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 705, no. 4, Nov. 2011, pp. 294–312. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.10.006. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Properties of jets measured from tracks in proton-proton collisions at center-of-mass energy √s=7TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 84, no. 5, Sept. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.84.054001. Full Text

ATLAS Collaboration, J. P. “Measurement of the inelastic proton-proton cross-section at √s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.Nature Communications, vol. 2, Sept. 2011, p. 463. Epmc, doi:10.1038/ncomms1472. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the W+ W- cross section in sqrt(s) = 7  TeV pp collisions with ATLAS.Physical Review Letters, vol. 107, no. 4, July 2011, p. 041802. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.107.041802. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for contact interactions in dimuon events from pp collisions at √s=7TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 84, no. 1, July 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.84.011101. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for supersymmetric particles in events with lepton pairs and large missing transverse momentum in √s = 7 TeV proton-proton collisions with the ATLAS experiment.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 71, no. 7, July 2011, pp. 18–19. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-011-1682-6. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for an excess of events with an identical flavour lepton pair and significant missing transverse momentum in √s = TeV proton-proton collisions with the ATLAS detector.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 71, no. 7, July 2011, pp. 1–18. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-011-1647-9. Full Text

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