The Department of Physics and Astronomy
Physics and Astronomy is about understanding the behaviour of matter: from the scale of subatomic particles to that of the Universe itself, and encompassing everything in between, such as the materials we use to make almost everything around us, and the stars and galaxies. The Department works in areas of fundamental science and in applications, and this informs all our teaching and research. Key application areas are in medical physics and nanoelectronic devices, and our fundamental focus is on cosmology, theoretical particle physics, and astronomy, but in many cases work bridges fundamental science and applications, and our program in atmospheric physics is a good example of this.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the larger departments at the University of Canterbury and has a vibrant culture of teaching and research. We have 13 continuing academic staff, 14 support staff, and more than 30 research students.
If you want further information on courses, the policies and procedures the Department follows, or about particular research areas, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will arrange for you to see the most appropriate person. We welcome your enquiries, and welcome your participation: we invite you aboard.
UC students make the world their campus
22 December 2016 With summer here, hundreds of UC students are heading around the globe to gain hands-on experiences, learn new skills and make a difference in communities near and far. (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 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.
Adrian McDonald joins the Deep South science leadership teamProcessess and Observations Science lead here .
David Wiltshire secures Catalyst seeding grant
David has been successful in obtaining a Catalyst seeding grant to start a new collaboration with Thomas Buchert's group at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon, on "Relativistic Lagrangian perturbation theory and foundations of early Universe cosmology".
PhD Scholarships in Physics - 2 opportunities in Nanotechnology
- A Computer Chip that thinks like the Brain - view description here
- Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Topological Nanostructures - view description here
Post-Doctoral Fellow Vacancy
The Nano group are looking for a new post-doctoral fellow read more here
Prof Roy Kerr honoured in UC Chancellor's Dinner
Canterbury Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr, recipient of the Crafoord Prize - read more here
2016 Marsden Grant success in DepartmentAssociate Prof Michael Albrow (Astronomy) and Dr Saurabh Bose (Nanotechnology)... here
$1m study: microchips that think like we do...Read more of Prof Simon Brown and Dr Saurabh Bose's work here
Associate Prof Jenni Adams gives UC Connect Lecture:- Hunting the elusive neutrino in Antarctica
Work by a team including Associate Prof Jenni Adams, just published in Physical Review Letters 117, 141102 (2016)has been highlighted by the American Physical Society in this write-up: http://physics.aps.org/articles/v9/110
Professor Simon Brown awarded MBIE funding in 2016 Endeavour Round
Simon's research application entitled: A Neuromorphic Computer Chip: computational hardware that works like the brain receives one million dollars over three years (excl GST). See full list of recipients here.
Other news and departmental notices can be found here.
Get to know Department Staff with nUCleus
In these videos on the nUCleus youtube channel you will be able to get to know the staff better, find out what goes on in the department and learn new and interesting facts regarding physics and astronomy.
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