Welcome to Physics & Astronomy

The Physics & Astronomy Department, situated at the heart of North America’s Quantum Valley, Canada’s technology hub, is located an hour south-west of Toronto. Waterloo is like no other place in the world to study physics. Come to Waterloo to study quantum information, holographic landscapes, and supermassive black holes. Create exotic materials, study laser optics, and build bio-sensors. The Physics & Astronomy department is your link to the Institute of Quantum Computing and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.  

Join our community. Study with some the best physicists in the world. 

Be inspired. Inspire us.  

Come to Waterloo!

Brian McNamara, Chair

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

  1. Dec. 4, 2017Roger Melko’s Group is Pioneering Machine Learning Techniques to Solve Fundamental Problems in Condensed Mattert-sne Ising

    In 2012, a group of University of Toronto researchers led by Geoffrey Hinton sparked a revolution in artificial intelligence that has dramatically changed the world. Their breakthrough came after decades of research designing machine learning algorithms for use in computer vision tasks, such as feature extraction from raw image data.

  2. Nov. 15, 2017A Tale of Two SupernovaeThe Perseus galaxy cluster, located about 240 million light-years away, is shown in this composite of visible light (green and r

  3. Nov. 14, 2017Mirror Anomaly in Dirac Semimetalstransition between space-time and anti-spce-time through a

    Theoretical Research into Weyl-Dirac Semimetals May Lead to Novel Quantum Devices

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  1. Dec. 15, 2017Teaching RetreatDoug Bonn

    Professor Doug Bonn

    Dr. Douglas Bonn is a Professor of Physics at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D from the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. His area of research is Condensed Matter Physics in the field of Superconductivity and he concentrates on topics such as high temperature superconductors, microwave measurements, crystal growth, and scanning tunneling microscopy.

  2. Dec. 14, 2017Songs in the Night: The Birth of Gravitational Wave AstronomyAvery Broderick

    Colloquium Series

    Dr Avery Broderick

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo
    Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

    Refreshments in PHY 151 starting at 3:30 pm

  3. Dec. 15, 2017Microwave and scanning tunneling spectroscopy in Fe-based superconductorsDouglas Bonn

    Quantum Matters Series

    Douglas Bonn

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia

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Meet our people

Zoya Leonenko

Zoya Leonenko

Professor

Dr. Leonenko leads a nanoscale biophysics research group which uses advanced scanning probe microscopy methods to study biophysics of lipids and lipid-protein interactions, interactions of nanoparticles with lipid membrane and monolayers, and to develop novel application of lipid films in biomedical nanotechnology and biosensing.