The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Expanding the bounds of knowledge

Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

Last time a total solar eclipse occurred in Kingston was back in 1349.
The "diamond ring" of a total solar eclipse appears just before the beginning of totality when a single bright point of sunlight — the diamond — shines through a deep valley on the Moon's edge. Image credit: Jongsun Lee, Unsplash.
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Physical Review Letter Paper
Postdocs Melissa Diamond and Chris Capiello find exciting findings that show the existing interactions between Standard Model particles can improve the reach and sensitivity of existing dark matter detectors
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Paper published in Nature Photonics
Professor Hughes and collaborators report on a long sought-after regime in quantum optics.
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Dr. Deg leads research in finding two potential polar rings
Image shows 'polar ring' around galaxy NGC 4632.
(photo source from The Conversation)
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Chasing Neutrinos

An interesting Q&A article with Professor Nahee Park
Front view of the IceCube Lab at twilight, with a starry sky showing a glimpse of the Milky Way overhead and sunlight lingering on the horizon. [Credit: Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF]
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Ekin Yelken's great experience at ACE Nationals

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Physics 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.

Learn more about Dr. McDonald co-receiving the 2015 Nobel Prize


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Upcoming Colloquia, Lectures and Events

CASTOR: A Flagship Space Astronomy Mission for Canada




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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

CASTOR: A Flagship Space Astronomy Mission for Canada

Departmental - Sarah Gallagher, Professor, Physics and Astronomy & Director, Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Western University

Astronomy On Tap Kingston - Sun vs Moon




Poster for event. A Cosmic Collision, Sun vs Moon. Mar 7, 6:30-8:30 PM. Featuring Gregg Wade from RMC/Queen's, Chris Spencer from Queen's, and host Mark Richardson from the McDonald Institute and Queen's, Location is The Mansion, 506 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1C5.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Mansion - 506 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1C5

Astronomy On Tap Kingston - Sun vs Moon

Special Events - Join guest speakers Gregg Wage (RMC/Queen’s), Chris Spencer (Queen's), with Mark Richardson (McDonald Institute/Queen’s) for Astronomy on Tap

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Student Academic Success Services

Student Academic Success Services offers academic support to undergraduate and graduate students through informative and engaging sessions covering various topics, including strategies for success in specific disciplines, time management, exam study strategies, and academic writing skills.

Career Services Events and Workshops

Career services offers a variety of support to students with approximately 15 classes a week available on a variety of subjects regarding resumes, cover letters, internship/job searches, networking, etc.

Yellow House                                         

Yellow House is a safe, comfortable and accountable space for queer, racialized and marginalized students to create community, to feel empowered, to empower others, to celebrate and to honour their histories. They seek to engage students in initiatives that actively dismantle oppressive, racist and colonial ideologies and practices.

Follow Yellow House on Instagram or take a look at Yellow House website for upcoming events and resources tailored to QTBIPoC student communities including For Us By Us Resource Toolkit for QTBIPoC Student Success; BIPoC Grocery Tips, Solidarity Swims for trans and other non-cisgender students and their invited loved ones, BIPoC dance classes and more.

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