Research in Physics and Physical Oceanography

While the research of the department covers a wide range of interests, from photonics to global climate change, there are also many areas of shared expertise, from mathematical physics to computational modelling, as well as a shared approach that combines observation and experiment with theory, analysis, and numerical simulation.

The Department has endorsed a revised Strategic Research Plan that is intended to guide the department in the coming years. Our Department has two primary research strengths: Condensed Matter Physics (with a strong focus in Materials Physics) and Physical Oceanography, and a collective, significant shared interest in Computational Physics. Materials and Marine Science are currently featured as strengths in the Faculty of Science. We intend to build upon these two core areas, and to bridge with emerging topics of University-wide interest.

Condensed Matter

The Condensed Matter group focuses on four research themes:
 An alternate identification is via methodology of research:

Also related to our research in condensed matter physics, is Magnetic North which is an organization of magnetism researchers in Canada and their international collaborators. It is a forum for information exchange on individual and group research activities, providing a list of researchers with links to home pages and recent reprints and preprints. It also serves as the basis for the organization of magnetism sessions at Canadian conferences.

Physical Oceanography





The Physical Oceanography group comprises six faculty, many graduate students, and two staff members, and encompasses a broad range of study, both theoretical and experimental.  Numerical modeling of ocean currents and glacial dynamics on computer clusters, laboratory experiments on fluid dynamics and mixing, and field work involving ocean deployments of gliders, acoustic transducers, and other instrumentation are amongst the group's research activities.  Research themes include: