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.

  • Work on the Alpine Fault by Faculty of Science researchers is published in Nature
    26 May 2017
    Researchers from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Science, who were part of the team involved in the South Island’s Deep Fault Drilling Project, have had their results published in prestigious international journal, Nature, this month.
  • Department of Physics senior lecturer part of international research team rewriting our understanding of antimatter
    23 May 2017
    JJ Eldridge, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics is excited to have been part of the research team rewriting our understanding of how antimatter is formed in our Galaxy.
  • Rogue waves and lasers
    26 April 2017
    Professor Neil Broderick is interviewed in the NZ Herald about his Marsden Fund-supported study into the behaviour of light pulses to understand the origins of rogue flashes.
  • Pleiades Award winners
    10 March 2017
    The Department of Physics has been awarded the Pleiades Bronze Award from The Astronomical Society of Australia’s (ASA), Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable astronomy (IDEA) chapter, for recognition toward demonstrating a strong commitment to developing practices to improve the work environment for all staff and students.
  • New studio space
    10 March 2017
    The Department of Physics have a new studio space for their undergraduate students.
  • 3 Minute Thesis Competition
    15 May 2017
    Why not take on the challenge of explaining your thesis in just three minutes? Science heats will be held on 18 and 19 July. One masters and one doctoral winner will be chosen and these successful participants will go forward to the University Final on 3 August.