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
- 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
- Nov. 14, 2017
Theoretical Research into Weyl-Dirac Semimetals May Lead to Novel Quantum Devices
- Jan. 19, 2018
Faculty members and supporting staff interested in learning about funding opportunities to support fundamental or applied health with a focus on the health care system and/or health outcomes are invited to attend the CIHR Project Grant Information Session on Friday, January 19, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in EC5-1111 (Enterprise Theatre).
- Jan. 19, 2018
Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series
Director, Neutron Scattering Group
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Jan. 23, 2018
California Institute of Technology
Refreshments in PHY 313 starting at 3:30 pm