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.

Laser could zap prostate cancer

Professor Cather Simpson, Dr Claude Aguergaray and their research team are developing a non-invasive, ultra-fast laser diagnostic tool to increase greatly the accuracy of prostate cancer detection.

Discover your Science with us

We’re much more than just New Zealand’s top ranked science faculty. We are a diverse collaborative community, full of budding scientists ready to help you discover your passion and what makes you tick.

Take 10 with Dr Ben Mallett

Dr Ben Mallett gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss 'superconducting sandwiches'. His research involves studying the physics of solids using spectroscopy. Find out more.