Department of Physics


Physics facilities

The Department of Physics is equipped with the full range of teaching and learning resources to enhance your studies and research.

For example, we have:

  • Labs for laser physics, atom trapping and geophysics
  • Labs for developing novel optical systems for information processing and measurement
  • A lab to study ultra cold atoms prepared by laser cooling.
  • The Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) telescope at Mount John, Canterbury Access to Hubble
  • World class lasers to study ultra fast processes and the fundamental properties of matter
  • Geophysics laboratory and field programmes as far afield as Norfolk Island and the Antarctic.

We also collaborate internationally on fundamental nuclear physics. We are working with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the particle physics accelerator laboratory in Geneva.

Our researchers also use these resources. Find out more about how they advance the field of human physics knowledge at our research section.