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. Feb. 14, 2017Powerful Radio Jets Surprising Fuel Source for Star Formation and Supermassive Black HoleRadio jets from the supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy in the Phoenix Cluster

    Astronomers have discovered that powerful radio jets from a supermassive black hole – which normally suppress star formation – are actually stimulating the production of cold gas in the galaxy’s halo, proving the existence of a powerful feedback mechanism that potentially fuels future star birth.

  2. Feb. 13, 2017Machine learning opens new avenues in condensed matter physics researchiStock image - ribbons of binary converging in a pool of light

    Two physicists from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics have succeeded in using machine learning to “recognize” phases of matter.

  3. Jan. 30, 2017Study reveals evidence that the universe is a hologramCosmic Rosebud. Credit: NASA

    A new infrared image from NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.

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  1. Feb. 28, 2017Mitigating radiation damage of single photon detectors for space applications

    Elena Anisimova

    Physics (Quantum Information) Ph.D. Graduate Student

  2. Mar. 1, 2017Gustav Bakos Observatory TourGustav Bakos observatory interior, in red light

    Witness the eerie phases of Venus through a telescope, visible in the evening sky for the last time until spring 2018.

  3. Mar. 3, 2017Phys10 - The Decay of the UniverseDr. Ruth Grogory

    Dr. Ruth Gregory

    Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Physics, University of Durham

    Dr. Gregory is a mathematician and physicist, whose fields of specialisation are general relativity and cosmology.

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Mike Fich

Dr. Fich is an astronomer specializing in studies of star formation, the interstellar medium, and the structure of galaxies. His recent research activities have focused on “small scale” formation studies of low and intermediate mass stars, circumstellar disks, and the formation of proto-solar systems.