Tien-Tien Yu

Tien-Tien Yu

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Oregon


Welcome to my site!

I am an assistant professor at the University of Oregon in the Department of Physics and a member of the Institute for Fundamental Science. My research is in particle physics phenomenology and I am interested in understanding the nature of dark matter. Dark matter comprises nearly 85% of the known matter content of the Universe, but its identity remains a mystery. Specifically, I focus on methods and techniques of detecting various candidates of dark matter. I am a co-founder of the SENSEI experiment, which uses silicon CCDs to look for dark matter candidates that are less massive than a proton. In addition, I investigate the potential of astrophysical and cosmological probes to detect models of ultralight dark matter. You can find a list of my publications at INSPIRE-HEP

Since arriving at UO, I created -- in collaboration with Prof. Kate Kelp-Stebbins and the UO Comics Studies program -- the UO Science and Comics Initiative. You can read more about the initiative here!

Brief CV

2017 - present // University of Oregon, Assistant Professor of Physics (on leave 2017-2018 AY)
2016-2018 // CERN, theory group fellow
2013-2016 // CN Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, postdoctoral fellow
2011-2013 // Fermilab theory group, graduate student fellow
2008-2013 // University of Wisconsin - Madison, PhD Physics
2003-2007 // University of Chicago, AB Physics and Mathematics

Awards and Honors

2021 // New Horizons Prize in Physics with Rouven Essig, Javier Tiffenberg, and Tomer Volansky
2020 // NSF CAREER Award
2011 // Fermilab Fellowship in Theoretical Physics
2010, 2011 // Elizabeth Hirschfelder Scholarship for Graduate Women
2008 // NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
2008 // GANN Fellowship

Group Members

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in joining my group!

Thomas Bouley (PhD student)
Anna-Maria Taki (postdoc)

Former Group Members

Aria Radick (MS '20)

Teaching

No courses Spring 2021

previous courses

Winter 2019,2020,2021 // PHYS413: Magnetostatics
Fall 2018,2019,2020 // PHYS412: Electrostatics
Fall 2020 // PHYS251: Foundations of Physics

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Department of Physics and Institute for Fundamental Science
474 Willamette Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
tientien[at]uoregon[dot]edu

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people.