Research - Physics and Astronomy - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Research

Research in the department is focused on the areas of:

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Condensed Matter Physics

  • MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Professor Roger Reeves: Characterisation of non-linear optical materials; General spectroscopy using lasers to cover ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectral regions; Laser spectroscopy of ionic crystals; Laser-induced-gratings in photorefractive materials; Photoluminescence and Raman scattering studies of semiconductors; Properties and uses of lasers; Rare-earth ion spectroscopy
  • Professor Simon Brown: Atomic clusters and nano devices; memristors and neuromorphic computing; quantum devices; scanning tunnelling microscopy; 2-D materials; topological materials and Nanotechnology.
  • Professor Mike Reid: Calculations of electronic structure and optical properties of lanthanide and actinide compounds.
  • Professor Jon-Paul Wells: Free electron laser spectroscopy; Interferometry and applications; optoelectronic materials and Ring lasers.

Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

Environmental Research Group (formerly Atmospheric Physics)

High Energy (Particle and Astroparticle) Physics

  • CMS - CERN's Compact Muon Solenoid detector - a general-purpose particle physics detector built at one of the four interaction points of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) proton collider.
  • Professor Phil Butler: Algebraic and group theoretic methods for solving eigenvalue problems arising in quantum mechanics; Calculation of 3 jm and 6 j coefficients for various compact groups ; Clifford algebras; Design of copper vapour and carbon dioxide lasers; Development of computer controlled scanning systems in a clinical environment; Feynman scattering; Improvements to the treatment of portwine stain lesions; Properties of electromagnetic solutions of the Dirac equation; Radiotherapy and imaging in medical physics and MARS-CT:
  • Dr Anthony Butler: MARS-CT:
     

Medical Physics

  • Dr Steven Marsh: Nuclear Medicine; Radiation Therapy; Dosimetry and Medical Imaging
  • Professor Phil Butler: Algebraic and group theoretic methods for solving eigenvalue problems arising in quantum mechanics; Calculation of 3 jm and 6 j coefficients for various compact groups ; Clifford algebras; Design of copper vapour and carbon dioxide lasers; Development of computer controlled scanning systems in a clinical environment; Feynman scattering; Improvements to the treatment of portwine stain lesions; Properties of electromagnetic solutions of the Dirac equation; Radiotherapy and imaging in medical physics and MARS-CT:
  • Dr Anthony Butler: MARS-CT:
     

Theoretical Physics

 

Physics and Astronomy research in UC SPARK website

Detailed information about the research of individuals, research groups, projects and disciplines.

Background to the Department's research

The Department manages New Zealand's largest telescopes at University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory, near Lake Tekapo, and the ring laser facility in the Cashmere Cavern (which is currently closed as a result of the Canterbury Earthquakes). We also have atmospheric research activities at Scott Base and Antarctica. Medical physics activities occur at Christchurch and St Georges Hospitals.

We are founding member of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) consortium, and the CERN-based Medpix-3 Collaboration, members of the CERN Compact Muon Solenoid experiment which studies proton collisions from the CMS detector at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. We are also members of the IceCube collaboration which is installing a 1 km3 neutrino telescope at the South Pole.

The Nanostructure Engineering Science and Technology Group (NEST) and MacDiarmid Institute joint research effort with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Industrial Research Limited.

To enquire about research

We welcome enquiries into our research. These are most efficiently dealt with by the individuals concerned. General enquiries regarding registration for postgraduate degrees may be addressed to the Head of Department, Professor Mike Reid.

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140,
    New Zealand.
  • hod-secretary@phys.canterbury.ac.nz
    Phone: +64 3 364 2523
    Fax: +64 3 364 2469
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