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 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

Aad, G., et al. “Search for squarks and gluinos using final states with jets and missing transverse momentum with the ATLAS detector in √s=7 TeV proton-proton collisions.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 701, no. 2, Jan. 2011, pp. 186–203. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.05.061. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Search for supersymmetry in pp collisions at √s=7 TeV in final states with missing transverse momentum and b-jets.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 701, no. 4, Jan. 2011, pp. 398–416. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.06.015. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “A search for new physics in dijet mass and angular distributions in ppcollisions at √s=7 TeV measured with the ATLAS detector.” New Journal of Physics, vol. 13, Jan. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1367-2630/13/5/053044. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Performance of the ATLAS detector using first collision data.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2010, no. 9, Dec. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2010)056. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Observation of a centrality-dependent dijet asymmetry in lead-lead collisions at sqrt[S(NN)] =2.76 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the LHC.Physical Review Letters, vol. 105, no. 25, Dec. 2010, p. 252303. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.105.252303. Full Text

The ATLAS Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “The ATLAS Inner Detector commissioning and calibration.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 70, no. 3, Dec. 2010, pp. 787–821. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-010-1366-7. Full Text

The ATLAS Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Readiness of the ATLAS liquid argon calorimeter for LHC collisions.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 70, no. 3, Dec. 2010, pp. 723–53. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-010-1354-y. Full Text

The ATLAS Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Drift Time Measurement in the ATLAS Liquid Argon Electromagnetic Calorimeter using Cosmic Muons.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 70, no. 3, Dec. 2010, pp. 755–85. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-010-1403-6. Full Text

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