University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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The Department of Physics & Astronomy is in the futures business. Our faculty and students are developing tools to build a quantum computer. We study the Universe’s distant past in order to understand its future. Our biophysicists are developing the knowledge for a healthier future society. The students we teach and mentor will shape the world’s future workforce.
Are you someone who likes math, gaming, or programming? Are you curious about how things work? Do you want to start a company? If you have thought about any of these questions, why not think about a Waterloo Physics degree? A physics degree is not just about solving the mysteries of Quantum Mechanics or General Relativity. A physics education teaches you to solve complex problems by deconstructing them into simple parts and figuring out how those parts interact as a system. These skills can be applied to almost anything: medicine, law, finance, engineering, business, and so forth. You can take your degree anywhere. Or you can use it to solve the mysteries of the Universe. Do you have an idea that you would like to develop and market? Why not study physics and develop your idea with Concept Science, our ideas incubator?
Keep us in mind when choosing the path to your educational and professional goals.
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University Research Chair
Chair, Physics & Astronomy
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
Technology advances has opened a new era of radio observations. We are now monitoring the sky at millisecond cadence and discovering a vast catalog of new fast radio transients while simultaneously making deep maps of structure in the universe using hydrogen intensity mapping as a tracer.
Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series
Agata Branczyk (Perimeter)
Light moves at nature’s speed limit, and doesn’t degrade for hundreds of kilometres, making it our best medium for sending information over long distances. But to send quantum information, we require quantum light.
Set the books aside for a couple of hours and join us for a study break!
We see you working hard all term – let’s take a minute to relax and celebrate your accomplishments.