Welcome to Physics & Astronomy

Congratulations graduating class of 2019!

On behalf of the Physics & Astronomy faculty and staff, I wish to express our excitement and pride at having taken part in helping you shape your future. Having successfully navigated the rigors of a Physics degree, you can go anywhere and do anything you can dream of.

To the members of our largest graduating class, fare well, return often. You will always be a part of us.

With warm regards

Brian McNamara, Chair

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

  1. June 21, 2019Professor Donna Strickland awarded CAE Honorary Fellowship
    Donna Strickland

    As its highest honour, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) maybestow the title of “Honorary Fellow” on any individual who has made anoutstanding contribution to the profession of engineering in Canada, another country or globally. This honour is bestowed on an individual for contributions well above what is expected for a Fellow of the Academy.

  2. June 19, 2019Machine Learning: A Revolution in Artificial Intelligence
    Roger Melko

    There’s a new kind of student in town, and for Waterloo physics professor, Roger Melko, this student has the potential to spark a revolution in the world of quantum computing.

  3. June 19, 2019Farewell to Dr. Chiamaka Okoli
    Chiamaka Okoli

    It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Chiamaka Okoli, a brilliant astrophysicist and former PhD student at our department. Dr. Okoli successfully defended her PhD with the title “Dark Matter and Neutrinos in the Foggy universe” last December. Her PhD convocation at the University of Waterloo was scheduled for last week, on June 13th.

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  1. July 18, 2019Hamiltonian Simulations: Methods, Applications, and Outlook

    Quantum Information Seminar

    Mária Kieferová
    Ph.D. Graduate Student, Physics (Quantum Information)


    One of the first applications of quantum computing was simulating the evolution of a closed system. In this talk, I will review Hamiltonian simulation techniques ranging from the earliest results for simulating Hamiltonian evolution to recent methods based on linear combination of unitaries and quantum signal processing. I will also discuss some of the open questions in Hamiltonian simulations. 

  2. July 19, 2019Understanding sequential measurements in psi-epistemic ontological models

    M.Sc. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate: Joshua Ruebeck

  3. July 19, 2019The Evolution of Dark Matter Haloes in Mergers

    Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate: Nicole Drakos

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