Fire restoration work is expected to continue into early November. The main stairwell and office wing on both second and third floors of the Physics building will be closed until necessary repairs to the main stairwell are completed.
Administrative offices have been relocated to PHY 345.

Please contact individual faculty members to request appointments, as many faculty have been relocated during this process.
Please do not cross any caution tapes whilst in the building.

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 of 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. Sep. 13, 2018Waterloo welcomes five Vanier scholars in Physics and Astronomy

    A Physics graduate student exploring quantum optics is one of five Vanier Scholars starting their graduate careers in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy this fall.

  2. June 8, 2018The role of frequency-shifting in quantum scalability

    Physicists at IQC have developed new methods for preventing leakage errors due to cavity modes, an important obstacle in building a scalable quantum computer.

  3. June 4, 2018Top graduate student awards announced

    Every year, top graduate students from the Faculty of Science are nominated for the W.B. Pearson Medal, which is given to a Doctoral student from each department in recognition of their creative research, and the Dean of Science Award, which is given to a master’s student from each department in recognition of outstanding performance.

    The Dean of Science Award in Physics & Astronomy has been won by Allison Sachs, for her exceptional work on "Entanglement Harvesting and Divergences in Unruh-DeWitt Detector Pairs", supervised by Robb Mann and Eduardo Martin-Martinez.

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  1. Sep. 19, 2018VIPERS: Probing the growth of structure at z~1

    Astronomy Lunch Series

    Faizan Mohammad

    Post-doctoral Fellow, Astronomy Research Group (UW)

  2. Oct. 3, 2018Gustav Bakos Observatory TourA visitor observing through a telescope

    Come visit the observatory during October's public tour!

    • Presentation at 7:30 PM in PHY 313 (note the special room)
    • Telescope viewing at 8:00 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
  3. Nov. 1, 2018Gustav Bakos Observatory TourA visitor observing through a telescope

    Come visit the observatory during November's public tour!

    • Presentation at 7:00 PM in PHY 313 (note the special room)
    • Telescope viewing at 7:30 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
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QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 TOP 150

Meet our people

Norbert Lütkenhaus

Norbert Lütkenhaus

Professor

Professor Lütkenhaus' research group explores the interface between quantum communication theory and quantum optical implementations. They translate between abstract protocols (described by qubits) and physical implementations (described for example by laser pulses); they benchmark implementations to properly characterize quantum advantage and exploit quantum mechanical structures for use in quantum communication.