Department of Physics


  • 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 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.
  • Major funding investment in University of Auckland science
    12 September 2014
    The University of Auckland has received more than $48 million in new funding in the latest funding round from the Ministry of Innovation, Business and Employment with a $25.5 million investment in leading-edge science research.
  • Classroom seismograph to be installed in Christchurch school
    04 September 2014
    An earthquake monitoring device for schools will be installed at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch tomorrow as part of a University of Auckland outreach programme to show high school-aged students the wonders of science.
  • Recent funding round for Centres of Research Excellence
    09 May 2014
    The Tertiary Education Commission has today announced the results of the recent funding round for Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs).
  • New Dean of Science
    06 February 2014
    Professor John Hosking is appointed Dean of Science.
  • Cutting edge laboratory brings together physics, chemistry and biology
    17 July 2013
    Cutting edge technology from physics and chemistry will soon be available for research in biology and medicine, with the establishment of a new laboratory at The University of Auckland.
  • National award for teaching excellence
    10 July 2013
    Associate Professor Cather Simpson, of the School of Chemical Sciences and Department of Physics, is one of three top University of Auckland lecturers to have won 2013 national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.
  • Studying waves over astronomical distances
    08 July 2013
    Tiny pulses of light one billionth of a second apart, travelling further than from the Earth to Sun, were used in an exquisitely sensitive experiment at The University of Auckland to explore fundamental interactions between light and sound.
  • Interstellar limbo
    27 June 2013
    University astrophysicist Dr John Eldridge has won time on the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • High-tech agriculture
    04 June 2013
    Photon Factory discover a simple method for farmers to choose the sex of their animals
  • An excellent teacher
    06 May 2013
    Associate Professor Cather Simpson, who holds co-appointments in the School of Chemical Sciences and Department of Physics, received a 2012 Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award at the Science Faculty graduation ceremony today.
  • New technique to discover Earth-like planets
    04 April 2013
    Researchers at The University of Auckland have proposed a new method for finding Earth-like planets and they anticipate that the number will be in the order of 100 billion.
  • Top scientists receive sought-after awards
    19 November 2012
    The University of Auckland's Dr Jessie Jacobson and Dr Nicholas Rattenbury are amongst ten top researchers to receive prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowships.
  • Huge win for miniature manufacturing
    28 September 2012
    Manufacturing on a miniature scale has huge economic potential, and a team of researchers led by Dr Cather Simpson, Director of the Photon Factory, has won a major grant to transfer its high-tech research in this field to local companies.
  • Cloud changes may lower global temperature
    22 February 2012
    Research from The University of Auckland on changes in cloud height in the decade to 2010 has provided the first hint of a cooling mechanism that may be in play in the Earth’s climate.
  • Ultra-cool experiments test fundamental physics
    12 July 2011
    An Auckland scientist has tested one of the most fundamental theories in physics to such accuracy that theoretical physicists will now have to race to catch up with the experimental data.
  • Planetary wanderers
    19 May 2011
    “Free-floating” planets roaming interstellar space have been discovered by New Zealand and Japanese scientists, through a project co-established by university physicist Associate Professor Phil Yock.
  • Marsden fund supports science projects worth $3.1 million
    04 October 2010
    Seven research projects from the Faculty of Science were awarded a total of $3.1 million over the next three years in the 2010 Marsden Fund round.