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. 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. 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

  2. Mar. 31, 2017Phys10 - Michal Bajcsy

    Dr. Michal Bajcsy

    Assistant Professor
    ​Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and IQC

  3. Apr. 5, 2017Gustav Bakos Observatory TourGustav Bakos observatory interior, in red light

    Need some inspiration? Let the beauty of the cosmos re-energize you for April!

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Dr. K. Rajibul Islam

K. Rajibul Islam

Assistant Professor

​Simulating interacting quantum many-body systems on a conventional computer is hard, and often practically impossible. Because, the laws of quantum mechanics are not inbuilt in the workings of a (classical) computer.