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Department of Physics

Physics spans from zero to infinity in space, time and energy; its symmetry and elegance is reflected in the beauty of the heavens.

Interested in studying Physics?  

Look at our brochures for Major and Minor degrees.

We offer programs leading to B.Sc. and B.Sc. Honours degrees in Pure and Applied/Industrial Physics, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Experimental Subatomic Physics and Nuclear Imaging. Co-operative Education programs with local industry are also available.

Our teams pursue their research locally, as well as elsewhere in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Feature Stories:

August 2021: 4D imaging of drip-line radioactive published in Nature Comm!

In a new article published Nature Communications, the active target and time projection chamber (ACTAR TPC) collabaration that includes University of Regina Associate Professor Dr. Gwen Grinyer have succesfully used a TPC to image radioactive proton decay from a short-lived excited state in 54Ni!  Beautiful images, like this one, show a single proton being emitted following the implantation of a 54Ni ion. Congratulations to Dr. Grinyer and her team!  Link below to the full article! 

See: Article  Contact: Dr. Gwen Grinyer

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Photo: 3D reconstructed image of proton emission following the implanation of a single 54Ni ion into a time projection chamber.

Credit: Nature Communications

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May 2021: University of Regina joins LEGEND!

The University of Regina, led by Associate Professor Dr. Gwen Grinyer, have officially joined the Large Enriched Germanium Experiment for Neutrinoless double beta decay (LEGEND).  The UofR joins Queen's University and Simon Fraser University in Canada who are part of a major international collaboration to design, construct and operate 1000 kg of germanium detectors in a deep underground laboratory. 

See: Website  Contact: Dr. Gwen Grinyer

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April 2021: Explore our Solar System with Dr. Lawler!

University of Regina and Campion College physics professor and astronomer Dr. Samantha Lawler has created a fun and informative video for kids that explores our solar system!  Tour the solar system from the comfort of your home and have your kids participate in an exciting and fun activity at the end!

See: Video  Contact: Dr. Samantha Lawler

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April 2021: Planet in a triple-star system has been discovered!

In the latest edition of the Conversation, Dr. Samantha Lawler writes about a newly discovered KOI-5Ab exoplanet in a triple-star system!  Previously thought to be science fiction, astronomers like Dr. Lawler are working together to make astonishing new discoveries in the cosmos.  Read the full article below!

See: Article  Contact: Dr. Samantha Lawler

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April 2021: U of R prototype detector a 'quantum leap' in technology

The Department of Physics is contributing to the construction of one of the world’s most powerful microscopes, or detectors, the Solenoidal Large Intensity Device, or SoLID.  A prototype of one of the critical components of SoLID, the Heavy Gas Cherenkov (HGC) detector, was developed over the past 5 years at the U of R and it is described as a ‘quantum leap’ in technology.

See: Article  Contact: Dr. Garth Huber

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March 2021: U of R physics researchers awarded $1.4 million

University of Regina physics professors Dr. Mauricio Barbi and Dr. Nikolay Kolev were awarded $1.4 million from the Canadian Foundation of Innovation to investigate yet-to-be discovered properties about neutrinos using the future Hyper Kamiokande or "Hyper-K" detector that is being built in Japan.

See: Article  Contact: Dr. Mauricio Barbi

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December 2020: Next Generation U of R BioPETx detector featured in Discourse

University of Regina physics professors Dr. Zisis Papandreou, Dr. Aram Teymurazyan and their research team, including graduate student Shweta Sharma, have built the Generation-II BioPETx nuclear imaging detector - one of the world's most advanced tools for looking inside living plants.    

Read the full article in Discourse Magazine!

See: Article  Contact: Dr. Zisis Papandreou

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November 2020: Article by Prof. Lawler in The Conversation

If mega-constellations of satellites become reality, the night sky will become a mundane highway of moving lights, obscuring the stars.

Check out the full article "SpaceX's Starlink satellites are about to ruin stargazing for everyone"!

See: Article  Contact: Dr. Samantha Lawler