Research in Physics & Astronomy
Physics and astronomy research at the University of Victoria covers a broad spectrum, ranging from the small-scale structure of matter to the large-scale astronomical and cosmological structure of the universe, and many regimes in between. We have active groups pursuing research programs in the following areas:
- Astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology
- Condensed matter physics
- Medical physics
- Ocean physics
- Particle and accelerator physics
- Theoretical physics
The department benefits from a large CFI-funded computing facility comprising a large linux cluster (hundreds of CPUs) and a large storage facility (hundreds of terabytes). An extensive particle physics lab was used to build components for the ATLAS detector at the LHC, and for current R&D work. In 2010, a new 32-inch telescope was recently installed (the largest on-campus telescope in Canada). There are also condensed matter labs for spintronics and nanoscale systems, and a new nanofabrication laboratory was recently commmissioned in 2009. In addition, we benefit from nearby facilities at the TRIUMF laboratory, the HIA and the BC Cancer Agency.
UVic's research reputation shines on
At UVic, we often tell you that our researchers are national and international leaders in innovation. Don't just take our word for it. Using research strength as one measure, the Britain-based Times Higher Education has placed the University of Victoria on its elite list of world-class universities. And, among Canada's comprehensive universities, we're Re$earch Infosource's top performer of the past decade in research income growth and research intensity growth. (Comprehensive universities are those that offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs.) Learn more about UVic Research.