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. 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.

  2. May 16, 2022Donna Strickland inducted into the National Academy of Sciences

  3. May 12, 2022Finding our galactic centre
    A new image from Avery Broderick and the Event Horizon Telescope shows the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

    Three years ago, history was made when the first image of a black hole inspired wonder and awe around the world as we glimpsed the shadow of light escaping from the supermassive black hole M87*. Today, history is being made again as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration releases the image of a second black hole — Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) — the one at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy.

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