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. 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. Nov. 22, 2017New cosmology with small-scale CMB data: ultra light dark matter and cosmic voidsRenee Hlozek

    Astronomy Lunch Series

    Renee Hlozek

    Dunlap Institute and University of Toronto 

    Hložek studies a variety of problems in theoretical and observational cosmology through observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background, Type Ia supernovae and Baryon Acoustic Oscillations.

  3. Nov. 23, 2017The Enduring Enigma of General AnesthesiaDr. Luca Turin

    Colloquium Series

    Dr. Luca Turin

    Quantum Neurobiology Group
    BSRC Alexander Fleming,
    Vari, Greece

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

Meet our people

Brian McNamara

Brian McNamara

Professor; Department Chair; University Research Chair in Astrophysics

Giant black holes weighing upwards of one billion times the mass of the Sun are thought to lurk at the centers of all massive galaxies. Energy released by spin breaking and infalling matter onto such supermassive black holes may be regulating the growth of galaxies and clusters of galaxies.