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. 24, 2017How to Use Machine Learning to Build a Quantum ComputerRoger Melko

    Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series

    Roger Melko
    Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Computational Many-Body Physics

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo

  3. Nov. 28, 2017Inflation and Fundamental Physics: Two Mutual BeneficiariesAmjad Ashoorioon

    Colloquium Series

    Amjad Ashoorioon

    University Bologna

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

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Jeff Chen

Jeff Z.Y. Chen


On sabbatical until February 28, 2018

Soft matter is a cross disciplinary research field involving physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science. It studies physical systems that can be deformed relatively easily in response to external and internal physical and chemical conditions.