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.  

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  1. Apr. 20, 2017Richard Epp and Michael Beazely recognized for Excellence in Science TeachingMichael Beazely and Richard Epp

    Excellence in teaching is both a tradition and a core mission of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science. Each year the Faculty of Science celebrates this dedication and superior teaching calibre by selecting up to two instructors to receive its highest teaching honour: the Excellence in Science Teaching Award (ESTA).

  2. Apr. 12, 2017Waterloo researchers capture first "image" of a dark matter web that connects galaxiesDark matter filaments bridge the space between galaxies in this false colour map.

    Astrophysicists at the University of Waterloo have been able to capture the first composite image of a dark matter bridge that connects galaxies together.

    The composite image, which combines a number of individual images, confirms predictions that galaxies across the universe are tied together through a cosmic web connected by dark matter that has until now remained unobservable.

  3. Apr. 5, 2017Waterloo joins consortium building the world’s best submillimeter-surveyor telescopeSite of the CCAT-p

    A team of Canadian, American, and German scientists announced construction will soon begin on the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p).

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  1. Apr. 27, 2017Computational Design of MaterialsDr. David Drabold in an office with a backdrop of books on a shelf

    D. A. Drabold

    ​Distinguished Professor
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, Ohio University

  2. May 11, 2017Superconducting Proximity Effect in Nanowire Josephson Junctions

    PhD Thesis Presentation

    Candidate:  Kaveh Gharavi

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

Meet our people

Raymond Laflamme

Raymond Laflamme

Professor; Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computing; Executive Director of IQC

Would using quantum mechanics for information processing be an impediment or could it be an advantage? This is the fundamental question in the field of quantum information processing (QIP). QIP is a young field with an incredible potential impact reaching from the way we understand fundamental physics to technological applications.