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.  

Come to Waterloo!

Brian McNamara, Chair

The Physics & Astronomy department encourages an inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and diverse, intellectual environment

  1. Dec. 4, 2017Roger Melko’s Group is Pioneering Machine Learning Techniques to Solve Fundamental Problems in Condensed Mattert-sne Ising

    In 2012, a group of University of Toronto researchers led by Geoffrey Hinton sparked a revolution in artificial intelligence that has dramatically changed the world. Their breakthrough came after decades of research designing machine learning algorithms for use in computer vision tasks, such as feature extraction from raw image data.

  2. 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

  3. 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

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  1. Jan. 16, 2018Bohmian Mechanics: Towards Illuminating the Quantum Potential

    MSc Thesis Presentation

    Candidate:  Matthew Brown

  2. Jan. 16, 2018Neutrons, simulations and biomembranesJohn Katsaras

    Colloquium Series

    John Katsaras

    Neutron Sciences Directorate
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Refreshments in PHY 313 starting at 3:30 pm

  3. Jan. 17, 2018ETHOS: the complex interplay between dark and baryonic physics in galaxy formation and evolutionJesus Zavala Franco

    Astronomy Lunch Series

    Jesús Zavala

    ​Assistant Professor, Centre for Astrophysics & Cosmology
    University of Iceland

    >>learn more about Dr. Zavala's research

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

Meet our people

Dr. Crystal Senko

Crystal Senko

Assistant Professor

​Dr. Senko’s research focuses on using trapped ions for quantum simulations and quantum computing applications. Her work also explores qudits and how to improve the efficiency of encoding a logical unit of information using the multiple levels of a qudit.