Hi! I'm Andrew, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Institute for Computational Cosmology in Durham, trying to uncover the nature of Dark Matter

My research focusses on trying to infer the properties of Dark Matter using astrophysical observations. In particular, I am interested in the scattering cross-section for dark matter - dark matter interactions. For those unfamiliar with the term, this is related to the likelihood that two dark matter particles interact with one another.

About Me

I grew up in Edinburgh, and then spent four years in Cambridge doing my BA and MSci in Experimental and Theoretical Physics. I then did my PhD at Durham University, with a thesis entitled The Cosmological Implications of Self-Interacting Dark Matter. I have remained in Durham as a postdoc, where as well as research, I enjoy taking weekly tutorials for the 1st year Physics course, and bringing Astrophysics to the masses through outreach.

My Publications

Andrew Robertson
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Institute for Computational Cosmology
Durham University


My work focuses on running simulations including Self-Interacting Dark Matter. Although we believe that dark matter makes up almost 85% of all the matter in the Universe, we are still unsure of exactly what it is. Properties such as the mass of dark matter particles, and whether they can interact with ordinary matter or each other through forces other than just gravity remain unknown. You can see a full list of my publications here, or below are links to a few recent papers.

A word cloud generated from the abstracts of my papers

Other Interests


When I have some spare time I like to get outside and take photographs. You can see some of my best work here (whether or not it is any good I will leave up to you).





Andrew Robertson
Department of Physics
Durham University
South Rd, Durham


email: andrew.robertson[at]durham.ac.uk
phone: 0191 334 3203
twitter: @astroandrew91