Does the universe have a memory? Alan Duffy

Does the universe have a memory? Alan Duffy

Once a moment has passed, does that mean it is gone forever – or does it exist somewhere else? Astronomer Alan Duffy is an expert on the invisible parts of the Universe. Over a fast-paced half hour (1.581e+21 atoseconds, to be exact), he explores transience, time and the lifespan of an action.


Portrait of Alan Duffy

Alan Duffy

Associate Professor Duffy is an astrophysicist at Swinburne University creating baby universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form and grow within vast halos of invisible dark matter.

He is attempting to find this dark matter as part of SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere at the bottom of a gold mine in Stawell, Victoria. He is also an Associate Investigator in two ARC Centres of Excellence investigating the origin of matter (CAASTRO-3D) and seeing the Universe with gravitational waves (OzGrav).