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Research profile of Swinburne astronomer Associate Professor Alan Duffy, Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia, with published articles on dark matter, dark energy, galaxy formation and cosmology, view at ADS or Google Scholar. He is an experienced public speaker, science communicator and leading expert in space science and astrophysics.

Research Fellow and Associate Professor @ Swinburne University and Lead Scientist @ The Royal Institution of Australia home of Australia's Science Channel.

I study the formation of the First Galaxies and the Epoch of Reionisation as part of the DRAGONS team led by Professor Stuart Wyithe. This uses a (SPH) hydrodynamical simulation series Smaug and a larger volume N-body (i.e. dark matter) simulation Tiamat with a new semi-analytic model Meraxes to predict what telescopes will see reionisation. 

I am a Chief Investigator in the world's first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere called SABRE based at the bottom of a gold mine at SUPL (Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory) in Victoria, Australia.

From 2017 - 2024 I am an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO3D) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGRav).

As a member of two leading surveys on the next-generation Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope I create local universe simulations that can be used to test our galaxy formation and dark matter theories when compared with observations from the WALLABY and DINGO surveys.

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A dwarf galaxy forming when the Universe was half its current age. The Dark Matter is in red, the stars in yellow and the gas in blue. Galaxy formation occurs along Dark Matter filaments, and is a violent process of merging of gas clouds, spawning stars deep within their sheltered cores. Credit: Bourke, Crain and Duffy

The Dark Matter in a simulation 600 million lightyears across. The Dark Matter forms filaments spanning the Universe, known as the Cosmic Web. Galaxies form in the intersection of these filaments, seen as spherical clumps or haloes. Credit: Bourke and Duffy

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