Welcome to Physics & Astronomy
The Physics & Astronomy Department, situated at the heart of North America’s Quantum Valley, Canada’s technology hub, is located an hour south-west of Toronto. Waterloo is like no other place in the world to study physics. Come to Waterloo to study quantum information, holographic landscapes, and supermassive black holes. Create exotic materials, study laser optics, and build bio-sensors. The Physics & Astronomy department is your link to the Institute of Quantum Computing and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Join our community. Study with some the best physicists in the world.
Be inspired. Inspire us.
Come to Waterloo!
Brian McNamara, Chair
The Physics & Astronomy department encourages an inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and diverse, intellectual environment
- Jan. 31, 2018
- Dec. 4, 2017
In 2012, a group of University of Toronto researchers led by Geoffrey Hinton sparked a revolution in artificial intelligence that has dramatically changed the world. Their breakthrough came after decades of research designing machine learning algorithms for use in computer vision tasks, such as feature extraction from raw image data.
- Nov. 15, 2017
- Feb. 23, 2018
PhD. Thesis Presentation
Candidate: Pedro Ponte
- Mar. 6, 2018
Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Waterloo
- Mar. 7, 2018
Come visit the observatory during the March public tour!
- Presentation at 6:30 PM in EIT 1015 (note the special room)
- Telescope viewing at 7:00 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
The Observatory is open for public tours, usually on the first Wednesday of each m