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.  

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  1. Feb. 14, 2017Powerful Radio Jets Surprising Fuel Source for Star Formation and Supermassive Black HoleRadio jets from the supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy in the Phoenix Cluster

    Astronomers have discovered that powerful radio jets from a supermassive black hole – which normally suppress star formation – are actually stimulating the production of cold gas in the galaxy’s halo, proving the existence of a powerful feedback mechanism that potentially fuels future star birth.

  2. Feb. 13, 2017Machine learning opens new avenues in condensed matter physics researchiStock image - ribbons of binary converging in a pool of light

    Two physicists from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics have succeeded in using machine learning to “recognize” phases of matter.

  3. Jan. 30, 2017Study reveals evidence that the universe is a hologramCosmic Rosebud. Credit: NASA

    A new infrared image from NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.

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  1. Mar. 31, 2017Phys10 - Michal Bajcsy

    Dr. Michal Bajcsy

    Assistant Professor
    ​Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and IQC

  2. Apr. 5, 2017Gustav Bakos Observatory TourGustav Bakos observatory interior, in red light

    Need some inspiration? Let the beauty of the cosmos re-energize you for April!

  3. Apr. 10, 2017Simulating quantum matter through lattice field theories

    PhD. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate:  Lauren Sierens

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Meet our people

Zoya Leonenko

Zoya Leonenko


Dr. Leonenko leads a nanoscale biophysics research group which uses advanced scanning probe microscopy methods to study biophysics of lipids and lipid-protein interactions, interactions of nanoparticles with lipid membrane and monolayers, and to develop novel application of lipid films in biomedical nanotechnology and biosensing.