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. “Measurement of inclusive jet and dijet cross sections in proton-proton collisions at 7 TeV centre-of-mass energy with the ATLAS detector.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 71, no. 2, Jan. 2011, pp. 1–59. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-010-1512-2. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Inclusive search for same-sign dilepton signatures in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2011, no. 10, Jan. 2011, pp. 1–47. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP10(2011)107. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Studies of the performance of the ATLAS detector using cosmic-ray muons.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 71, no. 3, Jan. 2011, pp. 1–36. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-011-1593-6. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of Wγ and Zγ production in proton-proton collisions at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2011, no. 9, Jan. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2011)072. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for neutral MSSM Higgs bosons decaying to τ+τ- pairs 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. 3, Jan. 2011, pp. 174–92. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.10.001. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of dijet production with a veto on additional central jet activity in pp collisions at √s = 7TeV using the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2011, no. 9, Jan. 2011, pp. 1–36. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2011)053. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the Υ(1S) production cross-section in pp collisions at s=7 TeV in ATLAS.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 705, no. 1–2, Jan. 2011, pp. 9–27. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.09.092. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for heavy long-lived charged particles with the ATLAS detector in pp collisions at √s=7 TeV.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 703, no. 4, Jan. 2011, pp. 428–46. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.08.042. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurement of the differential cross-sections of inclusive, prompt and non-prompt J/Ψ production in proton-proton collisions at √s=7 TeV.” Nuclear Physics B, vol. 850, no. 3, Jan. 2011, pp. 387–444. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2011.05.015. Full Text

The ATLAS Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Limits on the production of the standard model Higgs boson in pp collisions at √s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 71, no. 9, Jan. 2011, pp. 1–30. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-011-1728-9. Full Text

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