Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

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.

  • Mark Chen, the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics  works on a project that has taken advantage of a unique piece of research infrastructure and set it on a new mission

    Like a beloved book or movie that you hope has a sequel, the most successful scientific projects cry out for a second act. That is just what has happened to the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), which over the last decade has reinvented itself as SNO+, led by Mark Chen, the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics, a project that has taken advantage of a unique piece of research infrastructure and set it on a new mission. Continue the story on the Research@Queen’s website.

    (Illustration by: Gary Neill, photo of Prof. Chen courtesy of University Relations – Integrated Communications)

  • Galaxy Halo image of magnetic ropes

    Dr. Judith Irwin (Principal Investigator) and her colleagues/members from project CHANG-ES (Continuum HAlos in Nearby Galaxies - an EVLA Survey) have released a composite image of the galaxy NGC 4631, the "Whale Galaxy", revealing large magnetic structures.

    For more information about the exciting image results, please visit Giant Magnetic Ropes in a Galaxy's Halo. Hover over image for credits.

  • Dr. Schreiner's retirement dinner on Nov 27 2019

    Celebrating with Dr. Schreiner on his retirement dinner at the Renaissance on November 27th. Congratulations John!

    Back row from L-R: Prof. Rob Knobel (Department Head), Prof. Marc Dignam.
    Front row from L-R: Roz, Dr. Dave Hanes, Dr. John Schreiner, Prof. Alastair McLean, Gill.

    (Photo courtesy of Prof. Dignam)

  • Celebrating Sci Formal in a classy manner, here are some of our amazing Eng Physics students, class of 2020.

    Celebrating Sci Formal in a classy manner, pictured here are some of our amazing Eng Physics students, class of 2020.

    (Photo credit: Matthew Filipovich)

  • Dark Matter Detectives at work

    Professors Gerbier, Rau and Noble are particle astrophysics researchers on the hunt for dark matter! They are "playing key roles in large collaborative teams of Canadian and international researchers conducting three competing, but complementary experiments that use different tools to seek, find and ultimately understand the nature of dark matter". For more information on the hunt, please visit Dark Matter Detectives.

    (Illustrations by Zachary Kenny) 

  • TA Award graduate announcement reception 2019

    Congratulations to all the hard working TAs! The winners of Malcolm Stott Teaching Award was announced in early October. To see the results please visit  Winners of 2018-2019!

    (Photos credit: Prof. James Fraser)

  • Queen's-associated female astrophysicists.

    Queen's-associated female astrophysicists. Queen's long history of promoting women in astrophysics goes back to Allie Vibert Douglas, who was an astronomer and a pioneer in the teaching of astrophysics - see https://www.queensu.ca/gazette/alumnireview/stories/allie-vibert-douglas

    Please hover over the image for names of Queen's-associated female astrophysicists. (Photo credit: David van Vliet)

  • Queen's Logo created by using electron beam lithography and metal deposition by Sarah Choudhury

    Engineering Physics student Sarah Choudhury created the smallest Queen's logo ever (67 microns long, smallest features 18 nanometres wide) using electron beam lithography and metal deposition. This work was done at Nano Fabrication Kingston where Queen's researchers make big discoveries about small things.

    For more images, please click on Small Images.

  • Prof. Shastri's interview with The Optical Society (OSA)

    Dr. Bhavin Shastri was interviewed by The Optical Society (OSA) about his research in silicon photonic for neuromorphic computing and artificial intelligence, and shares his excitement about working with his students at Queen's University.

    Please click on Shastri Lab to watch the interview.

  • 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. For more information you can visit https://queenshyperloop.ca/.

    Visit QHDT at the 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition for more photos and access other media coverage. (Photo courtesy of M. Filipovich)

  • Erin Crawley with parents and Prof. Marc Dignam

    A huge congratulations to graduating Physics student Erin Avryl Crawley for the four medals: 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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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