Duncan is a Physics Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a broad interest in cosmology. He is currently working on the Rubin Observatory’s LSST Camera under Steve Ritz, through the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics. He has previously studied theoretical questions in inflationary cosmology with Michael Dine (publication below), and is interested in mathematical physics, string theory, and holography.

As a representative of the US Particle Physics community and the SLAC Users Organization, Duncan traveled to Washington D.C. in March of 2019 to speak with congressional staffers about the impact of basic research on the country.

Duncan graduated from Stanford Unviversity in 2017 with a B.S. in Physics and minor in Computer Science. His research was focused on computational cosmology, studying the Large Scale Structure of the universe under Risa Wechsler.

selected publications

  1. Obstacles to constructing de Sitter space in string theory
    Dine, Michael, Law-Smith, Jamie A. P., Sun, Shijun, Wood, Duncan, and Yu, Yan
    Journal of High Energy Physics Feb 2021