Tien-Tien Yu

Tien-Tien Yu

University of Oregon

2021 New Horizons in Physics Prize

For advances in the detection of sub-GeV dark matter especially in regards to the SENSEI experiment.


I’m honored to share this prize with Rouven Essig, Javier Tiffenberg, and Tomer Volansky. I'd also like to acknowledge Juan Estrada and Jeremy Mardon, whose efforts were instrumental to the formation of the SENSEI collaboration. I’m grateful for my professors for giving me a chance to prove myself, and for my mentors and colleagues for creating a supportive and nurturing environment in which I could grow as a physicist. To Luca, for always encouraging me to aim high and to not give up. But most of all, I’d like to thank my parents for raising me to be strong in my convictions, for giving me the freedom to explore, and for always believing in me. I am humbled as there are many other researchers who are at least equally deserving of such a prize. I am fortunate to have the opportunity of spending my time thinking about how our Universe works. My wish is that my colleagues, my community, and organizations such as the Breakthrough Prize Foundation will make efforts to ensure that this is an opportunity that can be shared by all and not just a select, privileged few.