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. Oct. 18, 2017Professor named Fellow of the American Physical SocietyNorbert Lutkenhaus

    Faculty member Norbert Lütkenhaus has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  1. Oct. 24, 2017Anything you wanted to know about the psychology of achieving and belonging in STEM fields but were afraid to ask: A choose your own adventure talkChristine Logel

    Colloquium Series

    Christine Logel

    ​Associate Professor
    Department of Social Development Studies
    Renison University College

  2. Oct. 25, 2017Get Ready for the James Webb Space TelescopeRene Doyon

    Astronomy Lunch Series

    René Doyon

    Institute for research on exoplanets
    Université de Montréal

    >> learn more about Dr. Doyon's research

  3. Oct. 27, 2017Indium Thin Films Applied to Superconducting Quantum Circuits

    Milestone Series

    Corey Rae McCrae

    ​PhD student
    Department of Physics & Astronomy and Institute for Quantum Computing

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

Meet our people

Matteo Mariantoni

Matteo Mariantoni

Assistant Professor

​Dr. Mariantoni has a strong background in cutting-edge research on superconducting qubits and circuit quantum electrodynamics. He specializes in the experimental realization of low-level microwave detection schemes and pulsing techniques that allow for the measurement of ultra-low quantum signals generated by superconducting qubits coupled to on-chip resonators.