Ayana T Arce

Assistant Professor

269 Physics, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-1723


Boosted objects and jet substructure at the LHC
The European Physical Journal C (2014)

Search for a heavy top-quark partner in final states with two leptons with the ATLAS detector at the LHC
JHEP (2012)

Search for light top squark pair production in final states with leptons and b-jets with the ATLAS detector in sqrt(s) = 7 TeV proton-proton collisions
Physics Letters B (2012)

Inclusive search for same-sign dilepton signatures in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.
JHEP (Aug 2011) (2011)

Measurement of the top quark-pair production cross section with ATLAS in pp collisions at sqrt{s} = 7 TeV
Eur. Phys. J. C (2011)

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.

Ph.D. - Harvard University
B.S. - Princeton University