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. Nov. 12, 2021Canadian researchers achieve first quantum simulation of baryons

    A team of researchers led by Professor Christine Muschik from Physics and Astronomy performed the first-ever simulation of baryons—fundamental quantum particles—on a quantum computer.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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