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 supersymmetry using final states with one lepton, jets, and missing transverse momentum with the ATLAS detector in √s=7 TeV pp collisions.Physical Review Letters, vol. 106, no. 13, Apr. 2011, p. 131802. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.106.131802. Full Text

Aad, D., et al. “Luminosity determination in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV using the ATLAS detector at the LHC.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 71, no. 4, Apr. 2011, pp. 1–37.

Aad, G., et al. “Search for diphoton events with large missing transverse energy in 7 TeV proton-proton collisions with the ATLAS detector.Physical Review Letters, vol. 106, no. 12, Mar. 2011, p. 121803. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.106.121803. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the inclusive isolated prompt photon cross section in pp collisions at √s=7TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 83, no. 5, Mar. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.83.052005. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the centrality dependence of J/Ψ yields and observation of Z production in lead-lead collisions with the ATLAS detector at the LHC.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 697, no. 4, Mar. 2011, pp. 294–312. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.02.006. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for a heavy gauge boson decaying to a charged lepton and a neutrino in 1 fb-1 of pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV using the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 705, no. 1–2, Mar. 2011, pp. 28–46. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.09.093. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Study of jet shapes in inclusive jet production in pp collisions at √s=7TeV using the ATLAS detector.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 83, no. 5, Mar. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.83.052003. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for quark contact interactions in dijet angular distributions in pp collisions at s=7 TeV measured with the ATLAS detector.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 694, no. 4–5, Jan. 2011, pp. 327–45. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2010.10.021. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for new phenomena in final states with large jet multiplicities and missing transverse momentum using √s = 7 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2011, no. 11, Jan. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP11(2011)099. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of multi-jet cross sections in proton–proton collisions at a 7 TeV center-of-mass energy.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 71, no. 11, Jan. 2011, pp. 1–27. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-011-1763-6. Full Text

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