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
- Sep. 13, 2018
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.
- June 8, 2018
Physicists at IQC have developed new methods for preventing leakage errors due to cavity modes, an important obstacle in building a scalable quantum computer.
- June 4, 2018
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.
- Sep. 19, 2018
Astronomy Lunch Series
Post-doctoral Fellow, Astronomy Research Group (UW)
- Oct. 3, 2018
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)
- Nov. 1, 2018
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)