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

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for new phenomena in different-flavour high-mass dilepton final states in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] Tev with the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 10, Jan. 2016, p. 541. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4385-1. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of the transverse momentum and [Formula: see text] distributions of Drell-Yan lepton pairs in proton-proton collisions at [Formula: see text] TeV with the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 5, Jan. 2016, p. 291. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4070-4. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Measurements of top-quark pair differential cross-sections in the lepton+jets channel in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] using the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 10, Jan. 2016, p. 538. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4366-4. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Reconstruction of hadronic decay products of tau leptons with the ATLAS experiment.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 5, Jan. 2016, p. 295. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4110-0. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Performance of pile-up mitigation techniques for jets in [Formula: see text] collisions at [Formula: see text] TeV using the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 11, Jan. 2016, p. 581. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4395-z. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of the charged-particle multiplicity inside jets from [Formula: see text][Formula: see text] pp collisions with the ATLAS detector..” The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 6, Jan. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4126-5. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Test of CP invariance in vector-boson fusion production of the Higgs boson using the Optimal Observable method in the ditau decay channel with the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 12, Jan. 2016, p. 658. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4499-5. Full Text

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of event-shape observables in [Formula: see text] events in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] [Formula: see text] with the ATLAS detector at the LHC.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 7, Jan. 2016, p. 375. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4176-8. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, Y., et al. “Search for a high-mass Higgs boson decaying to a W boson pair in pp collisions at (Formula presented.) TeV with the ATLAS detector.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 1–66. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP01(2016)032. Full Text

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