Imperial College London

Dr Andrew J. Tolley

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Theoretical Physics



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Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am a theoretical cosmologist with interests in a wide range of topics, including: Developing models of the Early Universe, Inflation, Non-Gaussianities and Initial Conditions, Braneworlds and extra dimensions. More recently my research has focused on explanations of the late time acceleration of the Universe, through developing models of Dark Energy, and Modified Gravity, and addressing some of the challenges posed by the Cosmological Constant Problem. I am interested in the application of the concepts of Effective Field Theory to cosmology, and their interplay with the possibility of UV completion.

A brief bio .....

Current Positions:

2016-Present: Reader in Theoretical Physics, Imperial College

2017-Present: Adjunct Associate Professor Case Western Reserve University

2018-2020: Visiting Fellow at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Previous Positions:

2015-2016: Associate Professor (Tenured) Case Western Reserve University

2010-2015: Assistant Professor Case Western Reserve University

2006-2010: Distinguished Research Fellow at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

2003-2006: Postdoc at Princeton University, Department of Physics


2003: PhD, Cambridge University, DAMTP

1999: MPhys (Hons), Oxford University, Jesus College

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

D'Amico G, de Rham C, Dubovsky S, et al., 2011, Massive cosmologies, Physical Review D, Vol:84, ISSN:1550-7998

Tolley AJ, Turok N, Steinhardt PJ, 2004, Cosmological perturbations in a big-crunch-big-bang space-time, Physical Review D, Vol:69, ISSN:2470-0010

Holman R, Tolley AJ, 2008, Enhanced non-Gaussianity from excited initial states, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, ISSN:1475-7516

de Rham C, Dvali G, Hofmann S, et al., 2008, Cascading gravity: Extending the Dvali-Gabadadze-Porrati model to higher dimension, Physical Review Letters, Vol:100, ISSN:0031-9007

de Rham C, Tolley AJ, 2010, DBI and the Galileon reunited, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, ISSN:1475-7516

Burrage C, de Rham C, Seery D, et al., 2011, Galileon inflation, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, ISSN:1475-7516

de Rham C, Gabadadze G, Tolley AJ, 2011, Resummation of Massive Gravity, Physical Review Letters, Vol:106, ISSN:0031-9007

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