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.
  • Handling light with a pair of tweezers: a possible break-through for telecommunications
    24 June 2015
    Researchers at the University of Auckland have demonstrated “temporal tweezing of light” for the first time, a break-through that may play a crucial role in the way data is processed over the internet in the future.
  • Unlocking curious minds funding success
    29 May 2015
    Congratulations to Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck for her contribution to 'Interactive Playground' - a collaborative project between our department, AUT and Auckland Live that has been named one of 28 recipients of the new Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund.
  • Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable fund success
    28 May 2015
    Associate Professor Cather Simpson from the Department of Physics and School of Chemical Sciences has just been awarded $134,464 as part of the government’s Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable fund, as announced by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce this afternoon.
  • Major funding investment in University of Auckland research
    16 September 2014
    The University of Auckland has received 14 grants totalling more than $48 million of new funding in the latest funding round announced by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.