Our department is research intensive – by graduation, the vast majority of our students have completed research with a faculty member through either a summer research position and/or a fourth year thesis project. Current research strengths in the department include:
- Elementary Particle Physics
- Laser Physics, Quantum Optics, Ultracold Atoms
- Quantum Condensed Matter Physics
- Soft Condensed Matter + Biophysics
- Medical Physics
The Honours Physics program includes several lab courses, during which our students learn to use advanced scientific equipment. For example, they use optical tweezers to exert and measure minute forces, they employ a small radio telescope located on the roof of ABB to measure the rotational curve of the Milky Way, and they go to McMaster Nuclear Reactor to measure the radioactive half-life of different elements.
Recent co-op placements for our students include: NASA, Institute of Quantum Computing, SNOLAB, TRIUMF, Bruce Power, Environment Canada, Mouse Imaging Centre, XEROX, Environment Canada, OPG, CNL, Defence Research and Development Canada, Jefferson Lab (Virginia), Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland), CERN (Switzerland).
Student researchers have access to a number of facilities and institutions on campus and in the community:
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Our students also occasionally do research at some of the most advanced facilities and instruments around the world: