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. 

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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. 18, 2017Better living through computation: Connecting the first stars in the universe to the Milky Way using cosmological simulationsBrian O'Shea

    Astronomy Lunch Series

    Brian O'Shea

    Associate Professor
    Astronomy & Astrophysics
    Department of Physics & Astronomy
    Michigan State University

    >> learn more about Dr. O'Shea's research

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

    PhD. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate:  Kier von Konigslow

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

    M.Sc. Thesis Presentation
    Candidate: Jie Lin

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

Meet our people

Jan Kycia

Jan Kycia

Professor; Undergraduate Advisor - MNS

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).