Ice telescope uncovers mysteries of the universe
1 October 2014 A UC astroparticle physicist will explain how a telescope made from ice can help scientists search for high-energy particles from the cosmos at a public talk on Friday. (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.
The Physics and Astronomy department is on Facebook.
The page will be updated with events and news as they come to hand and will be a great place for current students and staff as well our Alumni to keep in touch with the department.
Please come and like the page to receive updates.
Department Seminars are held each Friday in Room 701, Level 7 of the Rutherford Building at 11am.
See Upcoming Seminars for more details.
2014 Physics and Astronomy Annual Department Conference and BBQ-Thursday 4th September
2014 Conference Programme (PDF 876KB).
Congratulations to our winners of the best student talks: Nezihe Uzun winning first place, Doug Walker(Second), Sebastian Horvath(Third),
and Rodrigo Martinez Gazoni(Fourth). Thank you to all who presented and to all who attended.
2014 Dept Group Photo
Here is the 2014 Dept group photo taken last week. In the past the dept photo was taken on the steps of the Old Maths building however Old Maths is being prepared for demolition. This year's department photo is the first of many to be taken in its new location on the steps of the Puaka-James Hight, Central library.
Vacancy - Post Doctoral Fellow - Physics and Astronomy (Superconductivity and Switching in Nanoparticle Films)
- Full time, 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
- 2 year fixed term position
Mt John University Observatory 50th Anniversary Symposium
7th -8th May 2015
- It will include presentations by former graduate students, reminiscences on the past history of Mt John, and talks on the future of NZ astronomy.
- All former graduate students and BSc Hons and BSc students in astronomy, all former Mt John staff, and all those interested in optical astronomy in New Zealand are cordially invited.
- Mt John night visit and observing.
- Banquet on Thursday evening.
- The symposium will be followed by the annual conference of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ website)
(Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, 8 – 10 May 2015).
- A small registration fee will be levied.
For more information and to register your interest goto the Mount John Observatory 50th Anniversary Symposium website.
Get to know Department Staff with nUCleus
The aim of nUCleus is to provide a connection between the academic staff of the physics and astronomy department at the University of Canterbury to the wider public. 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.
PhD Studentship opportunities
Calculator checks for tests/exams will take place in Rutherford, Room 813, each Wednesday from 12.45 - 1.15 during semester 2.
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