Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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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.

  • Graduate student volunteer Heidi Miller helps a camper at 2019 GIRLS Camp at Queen's University Stirling Hall

    Graduate student volunteer Heidi Miller helps a camper make electrical measurements at the first G.I.R.L.S. camp held on July 22-26 at Queen's. For more information on the success, please visit GIRLS Camp was "out of this world".

    (Photo courtesy of GIRLS Camp)

  • Queens Hyperloop Design Team at the 2019 competition

    The Queen's Hyperloop Design Team (which has a number of Engineering Physics members, including Matthew Filipovich pictured here draped in the Queen's flag, beside Elon Musk) competed in the 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition hosted by SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. The team passed several interview rounds including design reports and a live Skype conference with SpaceX engineers in order to be accepted into the competition. This is the first time in the team's four year history that they were accepted. The team leverages the amazingly talented students within the Queen's community to work in a cross-functional team who share a passion for innovative design. More information about the team can be found at https://queenshyperloop.ca/

    Visit QHDT at the 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition for more photos and/or listen to CBC's All in a Day with Alan Neal interview with Matthew Filipovich. (Photo courtesy of M. Filipovich)

  • NSERC CREATE-MAPS students from Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering taking part in their annual retreat

    NSERC CREATE-MAPS students from Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering taking part in their annual retreat on the shores of Elbow Lake, in the UNESCO Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, just north of Kingston. For more information about the program, please visit Materials for Advanced Photonic and Sensing web site. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Fraser)

  • Erin Crawley with parents and Prof. Marc Dignam

    A huge congratulations to graduating Physics student Erin Avryl Crawley for the four medals presented to her at the graduation ceremony this year! She received The Governor General's Academic Medal for the highest academic standing in a Bachelor degree program at Queen's, The Prince of Wales Prize for the highest academic record in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Medal in Mathematics and Statistics,  and the Medal in Physics.

    Erin with her parents and Prof. Marc Dignam, Physics Department Head. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Dignam)

  • Graduates from Arts & Science Physics 2019

    Congratulations to the Arts & Science Physics Graduates of 2019!

    (Photo courtesy of Prof. Fraser)

  • Ingrida Semenec tests out the van de Graaf generator at the the annual Science Rendezvous Kingston outreach event

    Graduate student Ingrida Semenec (centre) tests out the van de Graaf generator as she and graduate students Liz Fletcher (left) and Ben Tam (right) help to set up for the annual Science Rendezvous Kingston outreach event. Researchers from the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy contributed three interactive displays to the event, which welcomed over 5200 budding scientists and their families to the Leon’s Centre in Kingston, Ontario. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Wright)

  • Jonathan Corbett and Julia Puistonen awarding Prof. James Fraser the 2018/19 Geoff Lockwood Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

    Jonathan Corbett and Julia Puistonen awarding Prof. James Fraser the 2018/19 Geoff Lockwood Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

    (Photo credit: Prof. Dignam)

  • Jonathan Corbett and Julia Puistonen awarding Prof. Bob Gooding the 2018/19 Award for Excellence in Instruction in the Engineering Physics Program and Prof. Ryan Martin the 2018/19 Award for Excellence in Instruction in Pure Physics.

    Jonathan Corbett and Julia Puistonen awarding Prof. Bob Gooding the 2018/19 Award for Excellence in Instruction in the Engineering Physics Program and Prof. Ryan Martin the 2018/19 Award for Excellence in Instruction in Pure Physics.

    (Photo credit: Prof. Dignam)

  • Geneviève Hayes, an undergraduate student in Engineering Physics, attended and presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging's (SCMR) 2019 Scientific Session in Seattle, Washington  in February 2019.

    Geneviève Hayes, an undergraduate student in Engineering Physics, attended and presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging's (SCMR) 2019 Scientific Session in Seattle, Washington  in February 2019. Her research presentation was on the Optimization and Validation of Joint T1 and T2 Mapping conducted with the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre this past summer. (Photos courtesy of G. Hayes)

  • Shown left to right: Ted Hsu, Prof. Stéphane Courteau (Physics), The Honourable Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan, and Prof. Mark Chen (Physics and Gray Chair)

    The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, was at Queen's yesterday to announce that more than 90 Queen’s University researchers, including faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows, are the beneficiaries of $4.6 million from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

    Shown left to right: Ted Hsu, Prof. Stéphane Courteau (Physics), The Honourable Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan, and Prof. Mark Chen (Physics and Gray Chair).
    (Photo by Bernard Clark)

  • Prof. Knobel wins the Dean Nathan F. Dupuis Leadership in Engineering Education Award

    Congratulations Prof. Knobel for receiving the Dean Nathan F. Dupuis Leadership in Engineering Education Award, a one-time prize presented to a deserving faculty member by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in recognition of the 125th anniversary of engineering education at Queen’s. For more information, please visit Prof. Knobel's Award.

    (Photo credit: Queen's Gazette)

  • Kyle Oppenheimer received the highest GPA in Engineering Physics Program.

    Kyle Oppenheimer received the highest GPA in Engineering Physics Program. Congratulations Kyle!

    Kyle is featured for his accomplishment in the promo video made by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science 125. Click Kyle's responses for a longer video.

    (Photo from video created by Matt Mills)

  • 2019 OEC winners for Junior Design category

    Congratulations to the Queen's Engineering Team for winning top prize in the Junior Design competition category at the 2019 OEC! Now they are off to the national competition held in March. For more information on the winning design, visit 2019 OEC Junior Design Winners!

    From left to right: Chas Meadows (mining) , Connor Chappell (computer), Justin Bonal (engineering physics), and Matt Julseth(civil).
    Photo courtesy of: Justin Bonal

  • A group of 15 dedicated Queen's physics and engineering physics students who are passionate about their field as well as gender and minority equity in physics

    A group of 15 dedicated Queen's physics and engineering physics students who are passionate about their field as well as gender and minority equity in physics attend the 2019 Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP) in Ottawa. Special congratulations to Hadiya Ma for winning the Delegate's Choice Best Talk! Please see 2019 CCUWiP for more photos.

  • Picture with 4 engineering students, from left to right, Sarah de Lazzari, Tiffanie Bankosky, Serena Corscadden, Kathryn Instrum

    Big congratulations to engineering students (from left to right)  Sarah de Lazzari, Tiffanie Bankosky (Engineering Physics), Serena Corscadden, Kathryn Instrum for winning the top prize at the 2018 International Project Management Conference in Toronto!

    For the full exciting story, please read All-female Engineering Student Team nets Top Prize at Project Management Conference.
    (Photo used with permission from Tiffanie Bankosky)

  • Prof. Hughes wins Humboldt Prize for outstanding research

    Huge congratulations goes to Prof. Hughes who received a prestigious Humboldt Research Award for his outstanding research!

    For more information, please visit Queen's Gazette. (Photo credit: Queen's Gazette)

  • Malcolm Stott Teacher Assistant Award winners, from left to right, Thomas Faour, 2017 Fall term, Prof Stott, Alex Pilounis, winner of Winter term and runner up for winter 2018, Kate Fenwick

    Congratulations Malcolm Stott Teaching Assistant Award winners! From left to right:Thomas Faour (Fall 2017), Prof. Stott, Alex Piliounis (Winter 2018), and Kate Fenwick(runner up for Winter 2018). For more details, please visit Malcolm Stott 2017-2018 Winners. (Photo credit: Prof. Dignam)

  • View of Grenoble France

    Peter Revington, an undergraduate student in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, & Astronomy at Queen's, participated in in the Ontario/Rhône-Alpes Summer Research Program in Grenoble, France, at L'Institut de Microélectronique Electromagnétisme et Photonique et le Laboratoire d'Hyperfréquences et de Caractérisation (IMEP-LaHC) during the summer of 2018.

    The Department was happy to sponsor Peter in this exciting opportunity. Read more about Peter's Summer Research Program experience. (Photo credit: Peter Revington)

  • Peter Carniglia at a tradeshow showing his research poster.

    This past summer, the department provided some financial assistance to one of our Eng Phys undergrads, Peter Carniglia, to assist him in submitting a paper to the IEEE Sensors 2018 conference.

    This picture shows Peter at his student tradeshow where he presented his project in poster format at Shirley Bay Centre in Ottawa. Peter had a great Internship experience working at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) in Ottawa. (photo provided by: Peter Carniglia)

  • Graduates of 2018 Honours Physics Program

    Congratulations to the class of 2018 Honours Physics Program!

    (Photo credit: Prof. Mark Chen)

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Visitor Centre in Stirling Hall

    Officially opening the Visitor Centre in Stirling Hall. From left: Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science; Nathalie Ouellette, Communications, Education and Outreach Officer for the McDonald Institute; Tony Noble, Scientific Director of the McDonald Institute; and Benjamin Tam, a graduate student in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

  • Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) employees and their family members around the plinth

    Proving that research is a team effort, past and present Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) employees and their family members gather around the plinth.

    For more information, visit Commemorating the Nobel Prize-winning Research.
    (University Communications)

  • Prof. Dignam and Prof. Morelli wins teaching awards at the annual Physics Banquet 2018

    Congratulations to the winners of the annual physics teaching awards at the Physics Banquet hosted at the Kingston Brew Pub.

    Prof. Dignam (left) received the Geoff Lockwood Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching , Prof. Morelli received the Excellence in Instruction in the Engineering Physics Program award, and Prof. Martin Duncan, who was unable to attend, received the Excellence in Instruction in Pure Physics award.

    For more pictures of the fun filled evening, please visit Physics Banquet 2018. (Photo Credit: Lucy Lu)

  • Inline Coherent Imaging (ICI) technology co-developed with Prof. james Fraser goes global.

    Dr. Webster, who is a graduate of Queen's Engineering Physics, developed the key Laser Depth Dynamics (LDD) technology called Inline Coherent Imaging (ICI) during his PhD under the supervision of Prof. James Fraser. For more information about the purchase of LDD, please visit Inline Coherent Imaging Goes Global.

    (Image:University Communications Queen's Gazette)

  • Prof. Noble, Prof. Hughes and CFI collaborators are awarded $4.8 million from Canada Foundation for Innovation

    Congratulations! The first CFI grant, lead by Prof. Noble, will be used to build a next generation detector, PICO 500L, that will search for dark matter, while the second grant, lead by Profs. Hughes and Fraser, will be used to establish the Queen’s Nanophotonics Research Centre, which will explore the behaviour of light and light-matter interactions on the nanometre scale. See full article on Queen's Gazette.
    (Photo credit: Queen's Gazette)

  • Dr. Schreiner with president of AAPM Dr. Martin in Denver 2017

    Congratulations Dr. Schreiner for being elected a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine!

    Please click to see the Press Release.

  • SNOLAB receives $28.8 million in provincial funding

    SNOLAB receives $28.8 million in provincial funding from Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Reza Moridi (center).

    (Photo credit:Queen's Gazette)

  • Queen's University students at the Hult Prize competition.

    Fourth year Physics student, Iain MacKenzie (left) was sponsored by the Department to participate in the Hult Prize held in Dubai. To read about this year’s focus, his team’s performance and their experience, please read the Hult Prize Sponsorship story.

    (Photo: provided by MacKenzie)

  • Celebrating Prof. James Fraser's  3M National Teaching Fellowship

    Celebrating Professor James Fraser's induction to prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship. From left to right, Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Director-Centre for Teaching & Learning Peter Wolf, Department Head Marc Dignam, Prof. James Fraser.

    (Photo: Queen's Gazette)

  • Dr. Art McDonald and the SNO Collaboration are co-winners of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics!

    Congratulations to professor emeritus Arthur McDonald and the entire SNO Collaboration who have been awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics! The $ 3 million prize is shared with four other international experimental collaborations studying neutrino oscillations: The Superkamiokande, Kamland, T2K/K2K and Daya Bay scientific collaborations.

    (Background image: Roy Kaltschmidt from LBL)

  • Dr. Art McDonald is the co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics!

    Congratulations to professor emeritus Arthur McDonald, the co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics!

    (Background image: Roy Kaltschmidt from LBL)

 

 

Dr. McDonald receives the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

 

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CREATE-MAPS:CREATE-Materials for Advanced Photonics and Sensing (MAPS) is a new NSERC-funded program that provides graduate students with comprehensive training in photonics problem solving using the best tools and approaches from physics, chemistry and engineering. We do this by providing: international or industrial internships, an innovative approach to supervision including external mentors, a new method of planning, tracking and summarizing skill development tailorable to each student's unique professional goals, and learning modules that focus on problem solving, leadership, ethics and professional development.

For more information, please visit https://www.queensu.ca/materials-photonics-sensing/ or follow us at @MapsCreate Dr. James Fraser.

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