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. Sep. 18, 2017Scalable quantum computers within reachChip-to-chip bonding: Sketch and images of fabricated devices.

    Quantum machine learning and artificial intelligence, quantum-safe cryptography, and simulation of quantum systems all rely on the power of quantum computing.

  2. Sep. 14, 2017Physicist named as new research chair in quantum error correction

    At an announcement earlier today at the Waterloo Innovation Summit, Physics and Astronomy Professor Raymond Laflamme was named the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis “John von Neumann” Chair in Quantum Information at the University of Waterloo.

  3. May 9, 2017New causal structures only found in the quantum worldKevin Resch, Robert Spekkens, Katja Reid, and Jean-Phillipe MacLean

    Last year, research from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) showed that in the quantum world, certain kinds of correlations do imply causation. This line of research has now expanded to the question of whether there are types of causal structures that exist in the quantum world but not in the classical world of our everyday lives. 

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  1. Sep. 27, 2017Science Graduate Open HouseStudent working in a lab

    Interested in pursuing a Master's or PhD after graduation? Want to learn more about what graduate studies is really like? 

    Attend the Faculty of Science Graduate Open House! Come chat with professors and current grad students to find out more about our programs, the benefits of furthering your studies, and unique research opportunities. 

  2. Sep. 29, 2017Physics Graduate Open HousePhysics graduate students stand in the Light Illuminated Exhibit that they created

    An information session, panel discussion with current grad students and a question and answer session

    At a poster session, chat with professors and current graduate students to find out more about our programs and exciting research topics

    Info session: PHY 313, 10:30am

    Posters: Physics main foyer, 12:30pm

  3. Oct. 4, 2017Gustav Bakos Observatory TourGustav Bakos observatory interior, in red light

    Come visit the observatory during the October public tour!

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Meet our people

Michel Gingras

Michel Gingras

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Condensed Matter Physics & Statistical Mechanics

Professor Gingras’ main interests are in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics, with a focus on systems with random disorder. He is also interested in strongly correlated classical and quantum condensed matter systems subject to strongly competing, or frustrated, interactions.