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. 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. 19, 2017An off-lattice derivation and thermodynamic consistency consideration for the Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state

    PhD. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate:  Kier von Konigslow

  2. Oct. 19, 2017Security proofs for quantum key distribution protocols by numerical approaches

    M.Sc. Thesis Presentation
    Candidate: Jie Lin

  3. Oct. 20, 2017Resonant X-ray Spectroscopy of Emergent Electronic and Magnetic States in Oxide HeterostructuresRobert Green

    Quantum Matters Series

    Robert Green

    Dept. of Physics & Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan, and
    Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, University of British Columbia

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

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Raymond Laflamme

Raymond Laflamme

Professor; Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computing; Executive Director of IQC

Would using quantum mechanics for information processing be an impediment or could it be an advantage? This is the fundamental question in the field of quantum information processing (QIP). QIP is a young field with an incredible potential impact reaching from the way we understand fundamental physics to technological applications.