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.

The Inside Word

Are you wanting to know what life is REALLY like at uni? Classes, events, money, studying, stressing… Get the Inside Word, straight from the people who are experiencing it. Follow the blog to find out about your first year of study.

Shaun Hendy's flight free 2018

Professor Shaun Hendry has vowed to be "kinder to our climate" by swapping planes for trains this year. He wants to set an example to others with his one-man campaign, dubbed #nofly2018.

Superconductor sandwiches

‘Superconductor sandwiches’ sound like the latest lunch craze, but they are actually a physics experiment. Rutherford postdoctoral fellow Ben Mallett tells us about his work with superconductors and magnetic materials.

  • Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Society
    09 March 2018
    The Postdoctoral Society is going from strength to strength since their inaugural research symposium in 2016.
  • Astronomers question NZ's super-scope commitment
    13 February 2018
    Leading figures from New Zealand's astronomy community, including head of department Professor Richard Easther, have questioned New Zealand's involvement in building the planet's largest radio telescope.
  • Travelling the universe with Richard Easther
    18 January 2018
    In this four-part summer series join Professor Richard Easther as he talks to Radio NZ about travelling to Mars and Pluto, getting close to a black hole and time-travelling back to the Big Bang.
  • Science made simple: binary stars
    06 January 2018
    Dr JJ Elridge studies binary stars by creating numerical models to understand what happens when the two stars interact. He talks to the NZ Herald's Jamie Morton about what's involved in his work.
  • Apply now for a 2018 graduate teaching assistant opportunity
    01 February 2018
    The Faculty of Science invites expressions of interest from postgraduate students for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions in 2018.
  • Register now | Three-Minute Thesis Competition 2018
    19 April 2018
    Could you explain an 80,000 word thesis in just 180 seconds? This year's 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges postgraduate students to communicate their research to a general audience in just 3 minutes with a single presentation slide. The Faculty of Science heats will be held on 21 May. Register now.