Tiny particles to explain more about Universe
22 November 2013 Scientists at the University of Canterbury (UC) are hoping that a particle that is almost nothing in size will tell them almost everything about the Universe. (read article)
Science study at UC doesn’t just take place in a lecture theatre or lab. Find out what Laura is researching at our Cass Field Station, an amazing facility for students.
Introduction to John Hearnshaw
John Hearnshaw is a professor of astronomy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. John's main areas of research are in stellar spectroscopy and detection of exo-planets.
Introduction to Cliff Franklin
Cliff Franklin is a lab technician at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Introduction to Phil Butler
Phil Butler is a professor of physics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Phil's main area of research is on the MARS CT scanner which is using modern technologies to provide better information in medical imaging.
Introduction to Karen Pollard
Dr. Karen Pollard is involved in researching 'The music of the stars' by looking at modes of non radial pulsations within the stars.
Introduction to David Wiltshire
David Wiltshire is a professor of physics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. David's main area of research is on explaining dark energy and developing cosmological models that do not require its presence to drive an expanding universe.
Introduction to Anthony Butler
Dr. Anthony Butler works on the MARS project at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Introduction to Peter Cottrell
Prof. Peter Cottrell is an astronomer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Peter researches the spectra of stars and stellar evolution.
Introduction to Chris Gordon
Dr. Chris Gordon is a lecturer of physics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Chris' main area of work is on dark matter and cosmology.
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Mahali Matehe Studying towards a BSc in Mathematics and Physics
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Click here for information on our up and coming Friday Seminars. These are held in Room 701, Level 7 of the Rutherford Building at 11am each week.
New Course - SCIE304 - Science Communicators
Would you like to get some real experience communicating science ideas to the public? This course will place you with a local school, or give you a real community project to work on which will develop your communication, organisation, creativity and team-working skills. Click here to learn more. Contact email@example.com
Gerry Gilmore - NZ born astrophysicist
Professor Gerry Gilmore of the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge is the principal investigator on Gaia project - a space observatory to be launched by the European Space Agency on 20 November 2013.
The mission aims to compile a 3D space catalogue of approximately 1 billion stars.
Listen to the radio NZ nine-to-noon interview with Gerry Gilmore
In these videos you will be able to get to know our staff better, find out what goes on in the department and learn new and interesting facts regarding Physics and Astronomy.
PhD Studentship opportunities
- Superconductivity and switching behaviour in films of nanoparticles
- Foundations of Molecular Electronics
Calculator checks for tests/exams will take place in Rutherford, Room 213a each Wednesday from 12.45 - 1.15.
Archive of Departmental conferences and other conferences hosted and/or sponsored by the Department
Sean Gourley (Dept Alumni) interviewed for "The Cashmere Circuit" produced by Cashmere Highschool. Article by Ella Jacobs
Einstein Medal for UC Professor Roy Kerr
- Einstein Medal for NZ professor
- Bright sparks and black holes Professor Roy Kerr has become the first New Zealander to be awarded the Einstein Medal by the Albert Einstein Society in Switzerland. Saturday 2 March, Christchurch, PRESS
- Interview of Roy Kerr by Veronika Meduna on Our Changing World, R.adio New Zealand National 101FM on the 1 August 2013.