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. 

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Nov. 13, 2017Quantum Simulations & Quantum NetworksRendering a quantum interaction

    How can we use quantum technology to tackle problems from high energy physics?

    Dr. Christine Muschik recently joined the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the IQC. Her research addresses the question: How can we use quantum technology to tackle problems from high energy physics?

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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. 4, 2017Indium Thin Films in Multilayer Superconducting Quantum Circuits

    PhD. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate: Corey Rae McRae

  3. Dec. 6, 2017Gustav Bakos Observatory TourGustav Bakos observatory interior, in red light

    Come visit the observatory during the December public tour!

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

Meet our people

Rob Hill

Robert Hill

Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science

On sabbatical until August 31, 2018

Dr. Hill's research is focused on the experimental study of materials whose exotic properties are dominated by the collective quantum mechanical nature of their electrons and defy explanation using current theoretical paradigms.