Department of Physics

Welcome to the Department of Physics

The University of Auckland is home to New Zealand's largest Department of Physics. Our students and scientists explore the fundamental properties of the physical world, and tackle problems ranging from searching for planets around other stars to developing new medical imaging devices and laser technologies.

  • Introducing The Auckland Lablet
    20 July 2015
    The Auckland Lablet was created by the Department of Physics and is used by physics students and their teachers in laboratory classes.
  • Rutherford Fellowships announced
    17 September 2015
    The Hon Steven Joyce announced 12 new Rutherford Fellowships today. Seven of the new fellows will be based at the University of Auckland and four within the Faulty of Science.
  • Handling light with a pair of tweezers: a possible break-through for telecommunications
    24 June 2015
    Researchers at the University of Auckland have demonstrated “temporal tweezing of light” for the first time, a break-through that may play a crucial role in the way data is processed over the internet in the future.
  • Unlocking curious minds funding success
    29 May 2015
    Congratulations to Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck for her contribution to 'Interactive Playground' - a collaborative project between our department, AUT and Auckland Live that has been named one of 28 recipients of the new Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund.
  • Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable fund success
    28 May 2015
    Associate Professor Cather Simpson from the Department of Physics and School of Chemical Sciences has just been awarded $134,464 as part of the government’s Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable fund, as announced by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce this afternoon.
  • The PhD Movie Event as iCalendar
    16 October 2015, 6:15 - 7:15pm
    Presented by the Physics Association of Auckland University (PAUA), the film aims to introduce undergraduate students to postgraduate life in an entertaining way. (And hopefully postgraduate students will simply enjoy the movie!)
  • How to discover a planet from your sofa Event as iCalendar
    03 October 2015, 2pm
    Chris Lintott, Professor of Astrophysics from the University of Oxford, will be giving a public lecture next week. He will explore and explore the new discoveries in astronomy, ask whether aliens are out there somewhere - and explain how you can help in the search