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.  

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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. Mar. 28, 2017Quantum Information Seminar: Kaveh Gharavi

    Proximity Superconductivity in Nb/InAs nanowire Josephson Junctions

    InAs nanowires can make highly transparent interfaces with metallic superconductors, and are a candidate system in which Majorana bound states (MBS) can form. In this talk I explore the physics of Nb/InAs nanowire Josephson junctions, detailing the experimental challenges of the search for MBS, and the rich and complex phenomena that occur due to the interplay of proximity superconductivity and the potential profile of the nanowire, such as Orbital Josephson interference and Andreev bound states.

  2. Mar. 29, 2017Restoration of Sight with Subretinal Photovoltaic ArraysDr. Daniel Palanker

    Dr. Daniel Palanker

    Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory
    ​Stanford University

  3. Mar. 31, 2017Phys10 - Michal Bajcsy

    Dr. Michal Bajcsy

    Assistant Professor
    ​Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and IQC

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Meet our people

Jan Kycia


Jan KyciaOn sabbatical until August 31, 2017

Dr. Kycia's group works on the experimental investigation of superconducting and quantum mechanical devices; in particular Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs), Transition Edge Sensors (TESs) Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KIDs), GaAs quantum dots (Spin Qubits). We run our experiments at ultra low temperatures (down to 0.004K). We work on applying these devices for quantum computing, for state of the art telescope detectors, and for studying novel magnetic and superconducting materials.

Contact information
Office: PHY 373
Phone: 519 888-4567 ext. 35177
Email: jkycia@uwaterloo.ca
Website: science.uwaterloo.ca/~jkycia/

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