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UO physicist Tien-Tien Yu receives New Horizons prize

Theoretical physicist Tien-Tien Yu has received the New Horizons in Physics award for her collaborative work with an international research team and their contributions to the field of “light dark matter.”

Part of the prestigious Breakthrough Prizes, Yu’s New Horizons award is one of six accolades handed out for early-career achievement in physics and math. She will split a $100,000 prize with her three collaborators, Rouven Essig, an associate professor of physics at Stony Brook University; Javier Tiffenberg, an associate scientist at Fermilab; and Tomer Volansky, an associate professor at Tel Aviv University.

“Given the amount of time and effort that has gone into this work, it’s nice to receive this level of recognition,” Yu said. “However, it is also very humbling to receive such an award as there are many other qualified people who are equally deserving.”

The New Horizons prize recognizes early career scientists who have already made a substantial impact on their fields. Yu and her colleagues have pioneered a new approach in the search for dark matter, the mysterious substance that accounts for about 80 percent of all matter in the universe. Specifically, the team has led the way in the hunt for a class of low-mass dark matter known as light dark matter through the experiment known as SENSEI.

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