DEPARTMENT OF

Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

DEPARTMENT OF

Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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Our Department


The Department of Physics at Queen's University is one of Canada's leading teaching and research institutes in Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. Our faculty include high-profile, world-class physicists who work on cutting edge areas of theoretical, computational, applied and experimental physics.

Our students have the opportunity to engage in international collaboration as well as inter-disciplinary research with other departments at Queen's, and work in state-of-the-art laboratories.

  • pseudo Cartesian visualization of the ergo surfaces and event horizons of a Kerr black hole

    This image, by Queen's relativist Dr. Kayll Lake, is a pseudo Cartesian visualization (which is not an embedding in Euclidean space) of the ergo surfaces and event horizons of a Kerr black hole. Such black holes are now considered to be an essential feature of most galaxies.

  • surface erosion, a phenomenon known as sputtering

    High energy ion bombardment may cause surface erosion, a phenomenon known as sputtering. In this example, made by Queen's physicist Lynann Clapham and Jim Whitton, a single Ni-Cu crystal has been bombarded with Ar+ ions to produce the micron-sized faceted pyramids visible in the photograph.

  • green laser light tracking across a silica microresonator (~300um diameter)

    This microscope image shows green laser light tracking across a silica microresonator (~300um diameter). Dr James Fraser, in collaboration with researchers in the Departments of Chemistry & Electrical Engineering, is exploring the use of microresonators as biochemical sensors.

  • tiny light-emitting p-n junctions in the bulk of the polymer film.

    The planar polymer bulk homojunction device was first demonstrated by Dr. Jun Gao's group at Queen's University in 2005. Upon the application of a large voltage bias, thousands of tiny light-emitting p-n junctions are formed simultaneously in the bulk of the polymer film.

  • Indium atoms on a silicon (111) surface

    When indium atoms are placed on a silicon (111) surface, they order into a regular pattern. This image was taken by Jen MacLeod, a former graduate student of Dr. Alastair McLean, using a home-built scanning tunneling microscope. Each peak in the image represents a single atom.

  • Sudbury Neutrino Observatory experiment

    The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, led by Queen's physicists, has won the inaugural $250,000 Polanyi Prize from NSERC for its many important discoveries made studying neutrinos from the Sun. The group is also actively developing the next-generation of experiments for SNOLAB.

  • UGC10288 showing a vertical quasar (blue)

    The edge-on spiral galaxy UGC 10288 (horizontal) appeared to be a single object in previous radio telescope observations. However, new, detailed blue radio data reveals that the large perpendicular (vertical) extension is a distant background galaxy with radio jets. Blue radio data & imaging: Dr. Judith Irwin, composite image: Dr. Jayanne English.