About Me

BRIEF BIO: I was born and educated in New Zealand, and  graduated from the University of Canterbury with my PhD 1994.  I held post-doctoral appointments at Waseda (Japan), Brown and Columbia Universities and taught at Yale University from 2004-2011, before moving back to New Zealand. I am now a professor and Head of Department of physics at the University of Auckland.

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RESEARCH: Our universe is roughly 13.7 billion years old. On very large scales the universe is smooth, but galaxy clustering and the distribution of hot and cold spots in the microwave backgroundshow that the universe contains coherent structures over 100 million light years across.   The seeds for these structures appear to have been planted by quantum mechanical fluctuations less than a trillion-trillionth of a second after the Big Bang, at energy scales billions of times higher than those that are probed in the largest particle accelerators.   My research aims to understand the physical processes that took place in the very early universe, exploring both the origin of our universe, and the fundamental forces of nature. For more details, see my research pages.


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