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.

Orientation Day 2018

The Faculty of Science looks forward to seeing all undergraduate students at Orientation Day on 21 February. There is a fabulous programme of activities and events starting with a welcome at Waipapa Marae.

Five minutes with Cather Simpson

Professor Cather Simpson's Orbis Diagnostics has recently won third prize at the 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge for its “Point of Cow” diagnostics approach. She talks to TechWeek in the lead up to their annual festival.

Rocket Lab launches satellite

Nick Rattenbury talks to Radio NZ about the significance of Rocket Lab's successful launch of a rocket from the Hawke's Bay's Mahia Peninsula, sending it's Electron satellite into orbit.

  • 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.
  • Science made simple: lasers
    03 January 2018
    Professor Cather Simpson studies how substances convert light energy into more useful forms. She talks to the NZ Herald's Jamie Morton about applying intellectual exploration values to practical entrepreneurship, and more.
  • Does NZ really have a science denial problem?
    03 December 2017
    People rejecting facts is a problem around the world. Sir Peter Gluckman and Professor Shaun Hendy discuss whether there is a growing trend towards 'science denialism' whereby proven science facts are ignored or denied.