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

  1. Dec. 4, 2017Roger Melko’s Group is Pioneering Machine Learning Techniques to Solve Fundamental Problems in Condensed Mattert-sne Ising

    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.

  2. Nov. 15, 2017A Tale of Two SupernovaeThe Perseus galaxy cluster, located about 240 million light-years away, is shown in this composite of visible light (green and r

  3. Nov. 14, 2017Mirror Anomaly in Dirac Semimetalstransition between space-time and anti-spce-time through a

    Theoretical Research into Weyl-Dirac Semimetals May Lead to Novel Quantum Devices

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  1. Jan. 19, 2018Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant - Information Session

    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).

  2. Jan. 19, 2018Neutron Production, Scattering and its Applications to Soft MaterialsJohn Katsaras

    Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series

    John Katsaras

    Director, Neutron Scattering Group
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  3. Jan. 23, 2018Exoplanet Detectives: Seeking Clues to Explain the Diverse Architectures of Exoplanetary SystemsHeather Knutson

    Colloquium Series

    Heather Knutson

    California Institute of Technology

    Refreshments in PHY 313 starting at 3:30 pm

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

Meet our people

Bae-Yeun Ha

Bae-Yeun Ha

Professor; Undergraduate Advisor - Life Physics

In Professor Ha's research group, they explore a few theoretical problems in soft matter and biophysics, namely, chromosomes in living cells and lipid bilayer membranes.