Department of Physics


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.

  • Introducing The Auckland Lablet
    20 July 2015
    The Auckland Lablet was created by the Department of Physics and is used by physics students and their teachers in laboratory classes.
  • Greatest super rugby team of all time?
    19 August 2016
    Which is the greatest Super Rugby team of all time? Wil Undy, a Bachelor of Science (mathematics) and Arts (history) student, has been working with Te Pūnaha Matatini Principal Investigator Dr Dion O’Neale and NZ Rugby’s senior scientist Dr Ken Quarrie to determine the best method for predicting how Super Rugby teams would perform from season to season.
  • AMP Ignite Award for Physics student
    24 June 2016
    PhD student Ankita Gangotra, from the Department of Physics, is the 2016 winner of the AMP Ignite competition.
  • Science subjects rate highly internationally
    22 March 2016
    Science subjects at the University of Auckland are highly placed in this year’s QS World University Rankings with the University rated number one in the country in almost all subjects.
  • New Appointment: Associate Professor Nicola Gaston
    01 March 2016
    The Department of Physics is excited to welcome Associate Professor Nicola Gaston, who joins us on 1 March 2016.
  • Einstein, Time, and Light
    25 November 2015
    View a full-noise, whistles and bells presentation on the subject of super-cooling lasers and atomic clocks by Nobel Laureate Professor William Phillips.
  • Pioneering young physicist wins NZAS Research Medal
    19 November 2015
    Scientific discoveries in miniature optics that could result in ultra-accurate clocks, and advanced research in fibre optic loops has earned Associate Professor Stéphane Coen of the University of Auckland Department of Physics this year’s Research Medal from the New Zealand Association of Scientists.
  • NZ and the Laws of Outer Space
    14 October 2015
    As the world economy spreads into space, international law is becoming increasingly important. And yet New Zealand has no domestic law in place to reflect our obligations as signatories to international agreements.