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
- Mar. 19, 2018
Astronomy and Physics student, Emily Pass, wins faculty, provincial and national Co-op Student of the Year Awards
A third-year Science undergraduate student has won the National Co-op of the Year Award for developing a data analysis program that rapidly detects objects in the Kuiper Belt, a region of space beyond Neptune.
- Mar. 12, 2018
Novel neutron interferometry technique is more powerful and practical
Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), in collaboration with researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), have developed a neutron interferometry technique that is more powerful, robust and practical than existing techniques, paving the way for advances in imaging, materials science, and fundamental physics and quantum research.
- Mar. 1, 2018
Last September, Paul McKarris and Marina Robin were part of a group of Canadian students who won the opportunity to test their high school experiment at CERN. Now, first-year Waterloo Science students McKarris and Robin share their experience at the Beamline for Schools Competition.
- Mar. 21, 2018
Astronomy Lunch Series
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dr. Parker specializes in observational cosmology and galaxy evolution, with particular interest in the processes of galaxy and structure formation.
- Mar. 23, 2018
Quantum Matters Series
Department of Physics
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Republic of Korea
- Mar. 23, 2018
The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and the Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dr. Joshua N. Milstein
Department of Physics, University of Toronto
Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, UTM