Events - 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 — 7:00 PM EST
A visitor observing through a telescope

Come visit the observatory during the December public tour!

  • Presentation at 7:00 PM in PHY 150
  • Telescope viewing at 7:30 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 — 7:00 PM EST
A visitor observing through a telescope

Come visit the observatory during the November public tour!

  • Presentation at 7:00 PM in PHY 150
  • Telescope viewing at 7:30 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
Friday, October 4, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM EDT

On October 4th, we formally launch the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics.

Between 10:00am - 4:00pm we will host a scientific meeting with the theme, The Future of Astronomy. Speakers include

  • Neil Turok, Director Emeritus of the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo
  • Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

From 4:00 pm, we will host a reception formally opening the new centre, which will provide a chance to meet and talk to the members.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT
A visitor observing through a telescope

Come visit the observatory during the October public tour!

  • Presentation at 7:30 PM in PHY 150
  • Telescope viewing at 8:00 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 — 11:15 AM EDT

Astronomy Seminar Series

Maciej Wielgus

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 — 12:15 PM EDT
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 — 11:15 AM EDT

Astronomy Seminar Series

Elena Massara, WCA Postdoctoral fellow

Friday, September 13, 2019 — 11:30 AM EDT
Norbert Werner

Astronomy Seminar Series

Norbert Werner

Norbert Werner is the leader of the “Lendület Hot Universe” research group at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, an associate professor (Docent) in the Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and a specially appointed associate professor in the School of Science at Hiroshima University, Japan. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 — 8:00 PM EDT
A visitor observing through a telescope

Watch Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon align during September's public tour!

  • Presentation at 8:00 PM in PHY 150
  • Telescope viewing at 8:30 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 — 12:30 PM EDT
Mahmood Sabooni

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series

Dr. Mahmood Sabooni, Institute for Quantum Computing

Have you ever looked at a flame dancing in the air and asked yourself what a flame really is? For instance, what happens when we burn firewood (matter) and thus change it to light and heat (energy). Simply speaking, when you ask such questions you are wondering about two physical quantities, light and matter. Clearly many over the history of time have thought about the interaction between light and matter, and some have thought more in depth in order to understand the basic phenomenon related to this interaction.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 — 1:00 PM EDT

Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Jeremy Flannery

Monday, August 12, 2019 — 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM EDT

Explore the night sky with astronomers from the Faculty of Science and Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The Perseids meteor shower will be at its most spectacular, so let's gather to learn something and then enjoy the view!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 — 8:30 PM EDT
A visitor observing through a telescope

Come visit the observatory during the August public tour!

  • Presentation at 8:30 PM in PHY 150
  • Telescope viewing at 9:00 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
Friday, August 2, 2019 — 9:00 AM EDT

Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Sebastian Mizera

Thursday, August 1, 2019 — 2:00 PM EDT

Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Seyed Faroogh Moosavian

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 — 2:00 PM EDT

Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Lucia Gomez Cordova

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT

Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Bohdan Kulchytskyy

Monday, July 29, 2019 — 12:00 PM EDT

M.Sc. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Matthew Alexander

Friday, July 26, 2019 — 10:00 AM EDT

Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Frank Coronado

Thursday, July 25, 2019 — 3:00 PM EDT

Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Nafiz Ishtiaque

Thursday, July 25, 2019 — 9:00 AM EDT

Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Maria Kieferova

Friday, July 19, 2019 — 1:00 PM EDT

Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Nicole Drakos

Friday, July 19, 2019 — 12:00 PM EDT

M.Sc. Thesis Presentation

Candidate: Joshua Ruebeck

Thursday, July 18, 2019 — 2:00 PM EDT

Quantum Information Seminar

Mária Kieferová
Ph.D. Graduate Student, Physics (Quantum Information)

Abstract:

One of the first applications of quantum computing was simulating the evolution of a closed system. In this talk, I will review Hamiltonian simulation techniques ranging from the earliest results for simulating Hamiltonian evolution to recent methods based on linear combination of unitaries and quantum signal processing. I will also discuss some of the open questions in Hamiltonian simulations. 

Based on arXiv:1812.09976

Thursday, July 11, 2019 — 3:00 PM EDT

Quantum Information Seminar

Hemant Katiyar
Ph.D. Graduate Student, Physics (Quantum Information)

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