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.

Big bangs and black holes

In this Raising the Bar public talk Professor Richard Easther outlines the ways that Einstein changed our ideas about space and time and how this leads to deep ideas about the expanding universe and black holes.

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.

Lasers, milk and sperm

In this Raising the Bar public talk Professor Cather Simpson talks about her fascination with the lasers at the Photon Lab and how these 'indulgent pieces of academic kit' have given rise to two award-winning companies.

  • Nobel Prize science in use across New Zealand in Dodd-Walls Centre labs
    15 October 2018
    Read more about the 2018 Nobel Prize winners in physics. Their prize winning tools are used in our labs across the country and contribute to new product development and services that we are working on to grow the New Zealand economy.
  • Cyberattacks, cybersecurity and protection
    21 September 2018
    Dr Rizwan Asghar talks about the risk of cyberattacks and how New Zealand must find ways to counter this growing threat. Read his Newsroom article.
  • Women in science – a celebration of NZ pioneers
    19 September 2018
    Pioneering women scientists who helped pave the way for others are being honoured as part of Women’s Suffrage 125 celebrations by having the University of Auckland’s science departments and schools named after them for one week.
  • Major funding for University of Auckland science research
    13 September 2018
    A non-invasive laser probe to detect prostate cancer and developing high-value products from seaweed are just two research projects at the University of Auckland awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour and Smart Ideas science fund allocation.