Imperial College London

Claudia de Rham

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Theoretical Physics

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Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





My expertise lies at the interface between particle physics, gravity and cosmology where I develop and test new models and paradigms.

Understanding Gravity at the Fundamental level:
Understanding gravity with an emphasis on theoretical consistency, quantum stability and relevance for cosmology.
Tests of Gravity: Using Gravitational Waves to probe gravity in conjunction with laboratory, Solar System, Astrophysical Cosmological tests and screening mechanisms.  
Early Universe Cosmology:
Probing signatures of the Early Universe be it for inflation or its alternatives.
Dark Energy:
What is the source of the late–time acceleration of the Universe ?
Cosmological Constant Problem:
Understanding the effect from vacuum energy of particle physics on cosmological scales.
UV Completeness:
Understanding the low-energy restrictions to the existence of a standard high energy completion and consequences to Cosmology and Particle Physics.

See inSpires for a list of publications

Grants and Awards:

  • 2020: Named as a 2020 Simons Investigator in physics
  • 2020: Blavatnik Laureate, in Physical Sciences and Engineering for the 2020 Blavatnik Awards in the UK, video
  • 2018: Adams Prize co-recipient for contributions to Mathematics. Awarded by the University of Cambridge
  • 2018: Blavatnik Finalist, in Physical Sciences and Engineering for the inaugural Blavatnik Awards in the UK
  • 2017: EPFL Alumni Award
  • 2017-2021: PI on Simons Foundation Award, ‘Origins of the Universe’ program
  • 2017-2022: PI on ERC consolidator grant, for the project “Massive Gravity and Cosmology,"
  • 2016–2021: Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award
  • 2012–2013: PI on ACES Advance Opportunity Grant, for the project “Recent Developments in Massive Gravity"
  • 2010–2014: PI on Swiss National Foundation Professorship Grant, for the project “Challenging the cosmological paradigm."
  • Since 2013: Co-PI on various group grants



de Rham C, Engelbrecht L, Heisenberg L, et al., 2022, Positivity bounds in vector theories, Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol:2022

Arun KG, Belgacem E, Benkel R, et al., 2022, New horizons for fundamental physics with LISA, Living Reviews in Relativity, Vol:25, ISSN:2367-3613

González MC, De Rham C, Pozsgay V, et al., 2022, Causal effective field theories, Physical Review D, Vol:106, ISSN:2470-0010

de Rham C, Tolley AJ, Zhang J, 2022, Causality constraints on gravitational effective field theories, Physical Review Letters, Vol:128, ISSN:0031-9007, Pages:1-6

Chen CY-R, de Rham C, Margalit A, et al., 2022, A cautionary case of casual causality, Journal of High Energy Physics, ISSN:1029-8479

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