Department of Physics


  • Major new investment in University of Auckland Science
    13 September 2017
    A handheld skin cancer diagnostic device and a project to explore how underwater sound can influence beer fermentation are just two of eight University of Auckland Faculty of Science research projects to be awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour Fund.
  • Science for Technological Innovation Seed Funding grants awarded to Faculty of Science researchers
    28 July 2017
    Researchers from the School of Chemical Science and the Department of Physics are thrilled to receive 2017 SEED funding.
  • Take 10 with... Dr Nicholas Rattenbury
    14 July 2017
    Dr Nicholas Rattenbury from the Department of Physics gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss alien worlds.
  • Making science even sexier
    14 July 2017
    World-renowned astrophysicist and science communicator Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson delivered his one-off Auckland show, A Cosmic Perspective, on Sunday 9 July. Some of our faculty academics attended, and they've shared their personal perspectives with us.
  • Work on the Alpine Fault by Faculty of Science researchers is published in Nature
    26 May 2017
    Researchers from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Science, who were part of the team involved in the South Island’s Deep Fault Drilling Project, have had their results published in prestigious international journal, Nature, this month.
  • Department of Physics senior lecturer part of international research team rewriting our understanding of antimatter
    23 May 2017
    JJ Eldridge, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics is excited to have been part of the research team rewriting our understanding of how antimatter is formed in our Galaxy.
  • Rogue waves and lasers
    26 April 2017
    Professor Neil Broderick is interviewed in the NZ Herald about his Marsden Fund-supported study into the behaviour of light pulses to understand the origins of rogue flashes.
  • Pleiades Award winners
    10 March 2017
    The Department of Physics has been awarded the Pleiades Bronze Award from The Astronomical Society of Australia’s (ASA), Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable astronomy (IDEA) chapter, for recognition toward demonstrating a strong commitment to developing practices to improve the work environment for all staff and students.
  • New studio space
    10 March 2017
    The Department of Physics have a new studio space for their undergraduate students.
  • Black holes and death stars: free public symposium
    28 November 2016
    Leading astrophysicists from around the world gather in Auckland this week to talk about massive stars, black holes and supernovae, with a public event on latest developments in astronomy to follow.
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    Science funding at University of Auckland receives major boost
    03 November 2016
    Research in the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland has been awarded a total of $9.6 million over the next three years for a broad range of projects, from the timing of volcanic eruptions to computer software protection.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rutherford Fellowships announced
    17 September 2015
    The Hon Steven Joyce announced 12 new Rutherford Fellowships today. Seven of the new fellows will be based at the University of Auckland and four within the Faulty of Science.
  • 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 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.