Welcome to Physics & Astronomy

Congratulations to our 2022 graduands and graduates!

For those considering our program, come to Waterloo!
This is great place to study and research the mysteries of the Universe.

Speaking of mysteries, how about black holes?  We were thrilled to see the announcement of the Event Horizon Telescope’s astonishing image of the four million Solar mass black hole at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. Imaging the so-called “Monster of the Milky Way” is a scientific achievement of great significance. Much of this work was performed and led here at Waterloo by Professor Avery Broderick and his team, who also holds an appointment at Perimeter Institute. To those graduating, do great things and have fun doing it.

To those considering us for studies in physics, come and be a part of a great scientific adventure.

Brian McNamara
University Research Chair
Chair, Physics & Astronomy

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

  1. June 1, 2022Christine Muschik named University Research Chair
    2022 University Research Chair

    Quantum physicist Christine Muschik was named a 2022 University Research Chair at the last University Senate meeting.

  2. May 26, 2022Waterloo scientists awarded Early Researcher Awards Funding

    Quantum simulations of particle interactions and trapped ions are two Waterloo Science research projects broadening disciplinary horizons and delivering real-world impact. Waterloo scientists Christine Muschnik and Crystal Senko each received funding through the Government of Ontario's 2022 Early Researcher Awards program. 

  3. May 18, 2022What comes after quantum?

    En français

    Quantum theory, the physics of the very small, helps us to understand nature and our world by explaining and predicting the behaviour of atoms and molecules. Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) are interested in what comes after quantum theory, specifically the possibility of a broader theory that replaces quantum theory as a more complete description of nature.

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