People profiles

Niayesh Afshordi

Niayesh Afshordi

Associate Professor

Dr. Afshordi dabbles in Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Physics of gravity and is obsessed with observational hints that could help address problems in fundamental physics.

Michael Balogh

Michael Balogh

Associate Professor and Associate Chair

Professor Balogh's research uses the world’s largest telescopes to study the physical properties of distant galaxies.  Through spectroscopy we can learn about the distances, ages, chemical composition and star formation histories of these galaxies. 

Kostadinka Bizheva

Kostadinka Bizheva

Associate Professor

​Dr. Bizheva's research focuses on the development of novel optical imaging technology (Optical Coherence Tomography - OCT) that can be used in clinics to image various part of the human body for diagnostic purposes or for monitoring the outcome of drug therapy or surgery.

Avery Broderick

Avery Broderick

Assistant Professor

​Dr. Broderick works to explain the fundamental physics of black holes and their observable characteristics. Black holes are sites where strong gravity dominates everything, from the dynamics of orbiting material to the shape of spacetime itself.  As a result, they are the engines that power some of the brightest objects in the universe. 

Raffi Budakian

Raffi Budakian

Professor; Joint WIN/IQC Nanotechnology Endowed Chair in Superconductivity

​Professor Budakian's work in the past decade has focused on developing the experimental tools for ultra sensitive detection of electron and nuclear spins. He explores the application of these tools to address fundamental questions ranging from biology to quantum information.

Anton Burkov

Anton Burkov

Associate Professor; Associate Graduate Officer

Dr. Burkov is a theoretical condensed matter physicist, currently focusing on the effects of nontrivial electronic structure topology and electron-electron interactions on experimentally observable properties of quantum materials.

Melanie Campbell

Melanie Campbell

Professor; Director, GWPI

Dr. Campbell's research includes optical properties of the eye, optical quality of ophthalmic instrumentation and optical design, refractive properties of the crystalline lens and their changes with growth and accommodation, retinal image quality, monochromatic aberrations of the eye, optical effects of refractive surgery, reflections from the retina, confocal microscopy and ophthalmoscopy, measurement of refractive error.

Jeff Chen

Jeff Z.Y. Chen

Professor and Department Chair

Soft matter is a cross disciplinary research field involving physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science. It studies physical systems that can be deformed relatively easily in response to external and internal physical and chemical conditions.

Kyung Soo Choi

Kyung Soo Choi

Assistant Professor

​Dr. Choi's research focuses on the development and application of the most advanced techniques in cold atom physics and quantum optics to probe the fundamental nature of the quantum world and to investigate macroscopic quantum phenomena with strongly interacting atoms and photons near nanoscale structures.

Mike Fich

Michel Fich

Professor

Dr. Fich is an astronomer specializing in studies of star formation, the interstellar medium, and the structure of galaxies. His recent research activities have focused on “small scale” formation studies of low and intermediate mass stars, circumstellar disks, and the formation of proto-solar systems.

James Forrest

James Forrest

Professor; University Research Chair

Dr. Forrest's research is focused on the behaviour of soft materials at the nanoscale. This includes self assembly of polymers, dynamics in thin films and near surface and interfaces. He has a long standing interest on the dynamics of glassy materials.

Michel Gingras

Michel Gingras

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Condensed Matter Physics & Statistical Mechanics

Professor Gingras’ main interests are in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics, with a focus on systems with random disorder. He is also interested in strongly correlated classical and quantum condensed matter systems subject to strongly competing, or frustrated, interactions.

Bae-Yeun Ha

Bae-Yeun Ha

Professor

In Professor Ha's research group, they explore a few theoretical problems in soft matter and biophysics, namely, chromosomes in living cells and lipid bilayer membranes.

David Hawthorn

David Hawthorn

Associate Professor

The Quantum Materials Spectroscopy group, led by Dr. Hawthorn, studies Quantum Materials using resonant soft x-ray scattering and x-ray absorption spectroscopy at synchrotrons such as the Canadian Light Source. We use these tools to investigate intertwinned order in Quantum Materials and shed light on the long-standing mysteries of high temperature superconductors.

Rob Hill

Robert Hill

Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science

Dr. Hill's research is focussed on the experimental study of materials whose exotic properties are dominated by the collective quantum mechanical nature of their electrons and defy explanation using current theoretical paradigms.

Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson

Professor and Associate Dean of Science, Computing

Broadly speaking, Professor Hudson's research is in observational and theoretical cosmology, particularly Galaxy Formation, and measuring the properties of dark matter and dark energy through Gravitational Lensing, Cosmic Flows and Large-scale Structure.

Stefan Idziak

Stefan Idziak

Associate Professor

Office: PHY 250

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 35580

Email: idziak@uwaterloo.ca

Thomas Jennewein

Thomas Jennewein

Associate Professor

Dr. Jennewein's main research passion is how to achieve quantum communications and a Quantum Internet on a global scale. In particular he is currently pursuing the use of satellites to accomplish intercontinental distances, and is possible with today’s technology.

Jan Kycia

Jan Kycia

Associate Professor; Undergraduate Advisor - MNS

Dr. Kycia's group works on the experimental investigation of superconducting and quantum mechanical devices; in particular Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs), Transition Edge Sensors (TESs) Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KIDs), GaAs quantum dots (Spin Qubits). We run our experiments at ultra low temperatures (down to 0.004K). We work on applying these devices for quantum computing, for state of the art telescope detectors, and for studying novel magnetic and superconducting materials.

Raymond Laflamme

Raymond Laflamme

Professor; Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computing; Executive Director of IQC

Would using quantum mechanics for information processing be an impediment or could it be an advantage? This is the fundamental question in the field of quantum information processing (QIP). QIP is a young field with an incredible potential impact reaching from the way we understand fundamental physics to technological applications. 

Zoya Leonenko

Zoya Leonenko

Professor

Office: PHY 354

Lab: PHY 335

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 38273

Qing-Bin Lu

Qing-Bin Lu

Professor

Office: PHY 376

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 33503

Email: qblu@uwaterloo.ca

Adrian Lupascu

Adrian Lupascu

Associate Professor

Office: RAC 2112

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 35468

Email: alupascu@uwaterloo.ca

Norbert Lütkenhaus

Norbert Lütkenhaus

Professor

Office: RAC 1119

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 32870

Robert Mann

Robert Mann

Professor

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.  

James Martin

James Martin

Associate Professor

Office: PHY 357

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 33201

Email: jddmarti@uwaterloo.ca 

Brian McNamara

Brian McNamara

Professor; University Research Chair in Astrophysics

On sabbatical until December 31, 2016

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

Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair in Computational Many-Body Physics

Office: PHY 368

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 38406

Email: rgmelko@uwaterloo.ca

Hartwig Peemoeller

Hartwig Peemoeller

Professor

Office: PHY 366
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 32633
Email: peemoell@uwaterloo.ca

Kevin Resch

Kevin Resch

Assistant Professor; Canada Research Chair in Optical Quantum Technologies

Office: QNC 3127

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 38205

Email: kresch@iqc.ca

Joseph Sanderson

Joseph Sanderson

Associate Professor; Undergraduate Advisor

My research and that of my 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

Office: PHY 358

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 32213

Donna Strickland

Donna Strickland

Associate Professor

Office: PHY 257

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 32724

Email: strickla@uwaterloo.ca

James Taylor

James Taylor

Associate Professor; Associate Graduate Officer

Office: PHY 256

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 38115

Email: taylor@uwaterloo.ca

Russell Thompson

Russell Thompson

Associate Professor

Office: PHY 355

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 32219

Email: thompson@uwaterloo.ca