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. “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

Atlas Collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Search for squarks and gluinos in final states with jets and missing transverse momentum at [Formula: see text] =13 [Formula: see text]with the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 7, Jan. 2016, p. 392. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4184-8. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Luminosity determination in pp collisions at [Formula: see text] = 8 TeV using the ATLAS detector at the LHC.Eur Phys J C Part Fields, vol. 76, no. 12, 2016, p. 653. Pubmed, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4466-1. Full Text

The ATLAS collaboration, A. T. L. A. S., et al. “Measurement of the production cross-section of a single top quark in association with a W boson at 8 TeV with the ATLAS experiment.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 1–48. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP01(2016)064. Full Text

Aad, G., et al. “Charged-particle distributions in pp interactions at [Formula: see text] measured with the ATLAS detector.The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, vol. 76, no. 7, Jan. 2016, p. 403. Epmc, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4203-9. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Measurement of the photon identification efficiencies with the ATLAS detector using LHC Run-1 data.Eur Phys J C Part Fields, vol. 76, no. 12, 2016, p. 666. Pubmed, doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4507-9. Full Text

Aaboud, M., et al. “Search for scalar leptoquarks in pp collisions at √S = 13TeV with the ATLAS experiment.” New Journal of Physics, vol. 18, no. 9, Jan. 2016, pp. 1–25. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1367-2630/18/9/093016. Full Text

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