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.

inSCight magazine

inSCight is the faculty's annual magazine for alumni and friends. In 2018 we explored diversity in science. We hope you enjoy reading these inspiring stories about our scientists, alumni and students.

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.

  • Recent research on graphical password schemes (Science Event Tags, Computer Science, Seminars) Event as iCalendar
    22 January 2019, 12 - 1pm
    Professor Gi-Chul Yang from Mokpo National University will be discussion his recent work on the newly developed graphical password systems at Mokpo National University in South Korea. His work is based on existing studies which suggest people's recognition memory ability of graphics is stronger than that of characters.