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I am so excited to begin the new academic year.
Among the many privileges that come with serving as department chair, my favourite is welcoming our incoming students from the four corners of the globe who have chosen Waterloo Physics & Astrononomy.
This year we welcome more than 250 new students, postdocs, faculty, and staff members to the department. Students and researchers come to Waterloo to develop the skills needed to solve the most pressing problems in physics, and to apply those skills to creating technological solutions to the worlds most intractable problems. Waterloo physicists are committed to making the world a better place.
The 2018-2019 academic year was full of excitement and unprecedented successs. Highlights include the first image of a supermassive black hole, captured by Professor Avery Broderick and his team, and the unforgettable moment when Professor Donna Strickland was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Following on their successes, I encourage our physics community to reach greater heights in 2019/20.
Once you’ve settled in, I hope you’ll join us on Friday, October 4 for the launch of the newest addition to our department: the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics. Astrophysics is among the many thriving areas of research at the University of Waterloo.
Welcome to Waterloo!
Brian McNamara, Chair
The Physics & Astronomy department encourages an inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and diverse, intellectual environment
by Mike Brown on October 28, 2019
taken from Inside the Perimeter
A new instrument mounted atop a telescope in Arizona has aimed its robotic array of 5,000 fibre-optic “eyes” at the night sky to capture the first images showing its unique view of galactic light.
The 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team, of which Dr. Avery Broderick is a member. The citiation reads "For the first image of a supermassive black hole, taken by means of an Earth-sized alliance of telescopes."
The atomic ions here are laser-cooled close to the absolute zero temperature (at a few milliKelvin above the absolute zero temperature of -273.15 deg C or 0 Kelvin).
Astronomy Seminar Series
The coalescence of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) should generate the strongest sources of gravitational waves (GWs) in the Universe. However, the dynamics of their coalescence is the subject of much debate. In this study, we use a suite of N-body simulations to follow the merger of two nuclear star clusters (NSCs), each hosting a SMBH in their centre.
Come visit the observatory during the December public tour!