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.