Faculty profiles

Robert Mann

Robert Mann

Professor; Undergraduate Advisor - Astronomy

Professor Mann works on gravitation, quantum physics, and the overlap between these two subjects. He is interested in questions that provide us with information about the foundations of physics, particularly those that could be tested by experiment.  

Matteo Mariantoni

Matteo Mariantoni

Assistant Professor

​Dr. Mariantoni has a strong background in cutting-edge research on superconducting qubits and circuit quantum electrodynamics. He specializes in the experimental realization of low-level microwave detection schemes and pulsing techniques that allow for the measurement of ultra-low quantum signals generated by superconducting qubits coupled to on-chip resonators.

James Martin

James Martin

Associate Professor

Dr. Martin studies basic atomic, molecular and optical physics. His group is constructing a laser cooling and trapping apparatus suitable for investigating a wide variety of phenomena associated with cold Rydberg atoms.

Brian McNamara

Brian McNamara

Professor; Department Chair; University Research Chair in Astrophysics

Giant black holes weighing upwards of one billion times the mass of the Sun are thought to lurk at the centers of all massive galaxies. Energy released by spin breaking and infalling matter onto such supermassive black holes may be regulating the growth of galaxies and clusters of galaxies. 

Roger Melko

Roger Melko

Professor; Canada Research Chair in Computational Many-Body Physics

Dr. Melko's research interests involve strongly-correlated many-body systems, with a focus on emergent phenomena, ground state phases, phase transitions, quantum criticality, and entanglement. He emphasizes computational methods as a theoretical technique, in particular the development of state-of-the-art algorithms for the study of strongly-interacting systems.

Christine Muschik

Christine Muschik

Assistant Professor

​Dr. Muschik is an expert in the theory of quantum communication and quantum simulation. Quantum communication exploits the features of quantum mechanical systems for advantages in communication tasks, such as unbreakable security or significant reductions in the resources required to send a message.

Will Percival

Will Percival

Professor; Distinguished Research Chair in Astrophysics

​Professor Percival's research interests focus on the properties of the Universe on the largest scales.

Dmitry Pushin

Dmitry Pushin

Assistant Professor

​Dmitry Pushin uses his broad background to apply quantum information processing methods to improve neutron interferometry, with the goal of making it accessible to the general scientific community as a resource for studying fundamental questions of physics, dark energy, phase transitions in condensed matter, magnetic materials in functional devices and materials science.

Kevin Resch

Kevin Resch

Professor; Canada Research Chair in Optical Quantum Technologies

Dr. Resch uses experimental quantum physics to understand photon entanglement and quantum information science. His work focuses on generating new quantum states of light with applications ranging from quantum computing to future medical imaging.

Joseph Sanderson

Joseph Sanderson

Associate Professor; Physics & Astronomy Teaching Fellow

Dr. Sanderson's research and that of his students focuses on the study of how matter interacts with intense Femtosecond laser pulses.

One of the ways which the interaction of matter with femtosecond laser pulses can be utilised is as a means of imaging some of the smallest fastest moving and most complex units of matter, molecules.

Gunter Scholz

Gunter Scholz

Associate Professor

Dr. Scholz uses electron microscopy to determine the compositional and crystallographic structure of compounds. His facility houses a Philips CM20 Super Twin High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope, and he invites researchers to make use of this modern, high voltage equipment.

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.

Donna Strickland

Donna Strickland

Professor

Dr. Strickland's ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations.

Dr. Strickland was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics” for the "method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.”

James Taylor

James Taylor

Associate Professor; Graduate Officer

Dr. Taylor is using whatever tools he can, including numerical simulations, astrophysical theory and observational data, to try to figure what dark matter is, where it is, and how it behaves. His research includes gravitational lensing and dynamical studies of galaxy clusters, the properties of the smallest galaxies in the local universe, and the theory behind dark matter halos around galaxies and clusters.

Russell Thompson

Russell Thompson

Associate Professor

Dr. Thompson's research explores block copolymer behaviour using self-consistent field theory (SCFT), one of the best theoretical tools available in soft condensed matter physics. The structures of nanocomposite materials are examined, and nanoscale filler particles are added to the polymer matrix to create hybrid materials. The mechanical properties of both nanocomposite and pure block copolymer systems are also being predicted using the SCFT approach.

Dr. David Yevick

David Yevick

Professor

​Professor Yevick' s research group delivers practical, innovative and leading-edge solutions to industry while developing general physical and mathematical results and techniques that can be employed in wide areas of applied physics.

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