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.

Working with like-minded students

BSc student Liam Quinn says it is a bit too early to know where he'll end up, but he's thoroughly enjoying working alongside his fellow physics students on assignments, tutorials and in-class problems.

Detecting skin cancer

Kiwi researchers are creating a handheld scanner that can detect skin cancer. Professor Cather Simpson gives TV3's The Project the lowdown on the serious work behind the device.

Discovering alien worlds

Dr Nicholas Rattenbury hopes to expand our knowledge of the sort of extra-solar planetary systems that are out there, and refine our understanding of the requirements for alien life in the Universe.