Applying basic science & physics to improve the quality of life

Engineering & Applied Physics

Queen's has a rich and varied history in engineering and applied physics. Research in the group covers a wide range of topics, with the common theme of using basic science and physics to improve the quality of life and to solve current or future problems facing people both in Canada and worldwide. This research spans areas of photonics, quantum information technology, medical physics, non-destructive evaluation, materials physics, electronic device physics, and plasma physics. Most of our faculty are registered engineers and many have worked in industry and start-up companies.

Several of the faculty members within Engineering & Applied Physics work on Condensed Matter Physics & Optics.


Theoretical & Computational Research

Range of Research Topics:

  • nanophotonics
  • light-matter interactions
  • nano-devices
  • semiconductor optoelectronics
  • computational electrodynamics
  • quantum information technologies
  • self-assembly
  • networks
  • materials design

Faculty Members

  • M. Dignam: Theoretical research in nonlinear and quantum optics of nanostructures
  • S. Hughes: Theoretical research on nanophotonics and quantum optics (theory and computation)
  • G. van Anders: Networks, systems of systems, and applications to industrial design



Range of Research Topics:

  • glancing angle deposition
  • optics of anisotropic thin films and materials
  • nanoscale electronics and mechanics
  • organic and polymer light-emitting devices
  • small-angle x-ray scattering
  • ultrasonic imaging
  • clinical cancer care
  • radiation physics
  • non-destructive stress evaluation
  • silicon photonics
  • nanophotonics
  • artificial intelligence

Faculty Members

  • A. Braun: understanding Earth systems and their interactions by using geophysical observations from satellites, airborne and terrestrial platforms
  • L. Clapham: Non-destructive strain evaluation, applied magnetics 
  • J. M. Fraser: Ultrafast nanostructure dynamics, laser material processing, and coherent imaging
  • J. Gao: Organic and polymer light emitting devices 
  • A. T. Kerr medical physics, radiation physics 
  • R. Knobel: Mesoscopic device physics at low temperature 
  • T. Krause: Non-destructive testing (NDT) of materials using eddy current and ultrasonic techniques
  • J. Morelli: Controlled fusion, plasma physics, renewable energy
  • N. Rotenberg: Quantum Photonics, Nonlinear optics, Nanophotonics, Quantum circuits
  • B. J. Shastri: Silicon Photonics, Nanophotonics, Neuromorphic Computing, Programmable Photonics