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Professor Alan Duffy

Program Leader SpaceTech Applications at the Data Science Research Institute
PHD Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Masters of Physics, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Biography

I create simulated universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form within vast clouds of dark matter, using SPH and N-Body+SAM techniques. I then try to find this dark matter as part of SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere which will be housed in the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory. As Swinburne Node Leader for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics, I use a full range of other observational experiments (including microlensing, gamma-ray emission and galaxy velocity field tracers) to constrain the dark matter properties.

As the Project Lead of SpaceTech Applications at Swinburne's Data Science Research Institute, I find novel uses for the University’s astrophysical knowledge to aid business and society on the ground. Focussed primarily on Earth Observation imagery, our efforts have seen a range of companies engage with my team of engineers and students to explore new techniques and insights gained through remote sensing.

Alongside my research efforts I have a long-standing interest in how to best present these discoveries to academic and general public audiences in regular segments on ABC Breakfast TV, Ten’s The Project and ABC TripleJ radio as well as in live talks, classroom visits and social media. Visualisations of the model universes can aid significantly in understanding the physics at play in forming a galaxy. Some of these images/videos I created with colleagues from around the world have been used in a planetarium show shown in 148 theatres worldwide. My role can be best described as doing cutting-edge research, then trying to explain it to as many people of all backgrounds as I can.

Research interests

Advanced Statistics and Big Data; Cosmology; Galaxy Formation; Scientific Computing and Visualisation; Dark Matter; Astronomy; Astrophysics; Physics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy - 020103

Teaching areas

Physics;Astrophysics

Awards

  • 2018, National, Eureka Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research , Australian Museum
  • 2017, National, Victorian Tall Poppy Award , Australian Institute of Physics
  • 2017, Swinburne, VC Award for Higher Education Teaching Excellence (Highly Commended), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2017, Swinburne, VC Award for Community Engagement , Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2017, Swinburne, Teaching Excellence Award x2 (Physics 10001 and Communication for Scientists), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016, National, Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research (National Finalist), Eurekas / Australian Museum
  • 2016, National, Club Melbourne Fellowship (Finalist), Club Melbourne Ambassadors
  • 2015, National, Australian of the Day, Commbank
  • 2013, National, Louise Webster Prize (commendation), Astronomical Society of Australia
  • 2013, National, Fresh Science Award (State Finalist), Science In Public
  • 2012, Other, Best Publication by Early Career Researcher, University of Western Australia
  • 2011, Other, Research Development Award, University of Western Australia
  • 2006, International, Marie Curie Fund (Early Training Scheme), European Union
  • 2004, International, Erasmus Fund (European Exchange Program), European Union
  • 2001, Other, Major Science Award, University of Manchester
  • 2001, Other, Entrance Scholarship, University of Manchester

Further information

  • https://github.com/astroduff
  • http://theconversation.com/profiles/alan-duffy-95986

Publications

Also published as: Duffy, Alan; Duffy, A.; Duffy, A. R.; Duffy, Alan R.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: CE200100008: ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics (Prof. Elisabetta Barberio, University of Melbourne) *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2020: Mineral Processing of Lunar Regolith using Concentrated Solar Energy *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2020: Oxygen and Structural Materials Production from Lunar Regolith - Student Matthew Humbert *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2019: Construction of SABRE, Australia's first full-scale dark matter detector *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2019: Immersive Science III: Astronomy for All Australians *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2019: Measuring critical background in the Australian search for dark matter *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2018: Full scale detector system for the first Australian dark matter experiment *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2018: Immersive Science II: Revealing the Invisible Universe *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2017: ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2017: ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2017: Immersive Science: The Next Frontier in Australian Astronomy *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2017: The First Southern Hemisphere Experiment on Dark Matter *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2014: ANDS/NeCTAR eResearch Infrastructure Project, Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO) *; Astronomy Australia Limited

* Chief Investigator