Welcome to Physics & Astronomy

To our entering first-year students, welcome to Waterloo Physics & Astronomy.  To our returning students, welcome back!  While Covid 19 precautions remain in place, it is exciting to see our campus return to more normal life.  Have a great Fall term.

Be safe.

Brian McNamara
University Research Chair
Chair, Physics & Astronomy

The Physics & Astronomy department encourages an inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and diverse, intellectual environment

  1. Oct. 12, 2021Quantum detectors to be laser-healed in space

    A satellite to test in-orbit laser annealing was sent into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) today, marking an important step towards the realization of secure quantum communication using satellites and a global quantum internet.

  2. Sep. 13, 2021Groundbreaking technique yields important new details on possible ‘fifth force’

    A group of researchers have used a groundbreaking new technique to reveal previously unrecognized properties of technologically crucial silicon crystals and uncovered new information about an important subatomic particle and a long-theorized fifth force of nature.

  3. Aug. 17, 2021Faculty of Science awarded funding for innovative and high-quality research and technology

    Establishing and supporting innovative research projects is an important priority for the University of Waterloo. The Canadian Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund has recognized four Faculty of Science researchers to embarking upon research or technology development that is innovative, high quality and meets international standards.

    The Department of Physics and Astronomy would like to congratulate Crystal Senko as one of the award recipients.

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