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. 

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  1. Oct. 18, 2017Professor named Fellow of the American Physical SocietyNorbert Lutkenhaus

    Faculty member Norbert Lütkenhaus has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

  2. Sep. 18, 2017Scalable quantum computers within reachChip-to-chip bonding: Sketch and images of fabricated devices.

    Quantum machine learning and artificial intelligence, quantum-safe cryptography, and simulation of quantum systems all rely on the power of quantum computing.

  3. Sep. 14, 2017Physicist named as new research chair in quantum error correction

    At an announcement earlier today at the Waterloo Innovation Summit, Physics and Astronomy Professor Raymond Laflamme was named the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis “John von Neumann” Chair in Quantum Information at the University of Waterloo.

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  1. Oct. 20, 2017Resonant X-ray Spectroscopy of Emergent Electronic and Magnetic States in Oxide HeterostructuresRobert Green

    Quantum Matters Series

    Robert Green

    Dept. of Physics & Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan, and
    Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, University of British Columbia

  2. Oct. 20, 2017Machine learning and traditional molecular simulation methodsJeff Chen

    Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series

    Jeff Chen
    ​Professor
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo

  3. Oct. 24, 2017Anything you wanted to know about the psychology of achieving and belonging in STEM fields but were afraid to ask: A choose your own adventure talkChristine Logel

    Colloquium Series

    Christine Logel

    ​Associate Professor
    Department of Social Development Studies
    Renison University College

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Meet our people

Roger Melko

Roger Melko

Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair in Computational Many-Body Physics

Dr. Melko's research interests involve strongly-correlated many-body systems, with a focus on emergent phenomena, ground state phases, phase transitions, quantum criticality, and entanglement. He emphasizes computational methods as a theoretical technique, in particular the development of state-of-the-art algorithms for the study of strongly-interacting systems.