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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:

November 2020: Article by Prof. Samantha Lawler featured in The Conversation

I walk outside my rural Saskatchewan house before dawn and look up, expecting to have my breath taken away by the sheer number of stars overhead. I’m a professional astronomer, but I still appreciate naked-eye stargazing as much as an eager child. This is the first place I’ve lived that’s dark enough to easily see the Milky Way, and I’m stunned and awed every time I look up. This time though, I curse softly. There’s a bright satellite. And another following behind. And another. And another.  If mega-constellations of satellites become reality, the night sky will become a mundane highway of moving lights, obscuring the stars.

Read the full article "SpaceX's Starlink satellites are about to ruin stargazing for everyone" in The Conversation!

See: Article  Contact: Dr. Samantha Lawler

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October 2020: Congratulations Julian!

The University Prize in Science is awarded at convocation to the most distinguished student graduating with a first degree from the Faculty of Science. Julian Palandri, with a CGPA of 86.50%, was the recipient of this prize at the 2020 Fall Convocation. Julian is graduating with a BSc Honours in Physics, with Co-op, achieving High Honours.  Congratulations Julian from all of your professors and colleagues in Physics! To celebrate, the Faculty of Science made a video!

See: Video  (Faculty of Science)

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May 2020: Planet 9?

The possibility of a ninth planet existing in the outer reaches of our solar system has been making headlines ever since a paper theorizing its existence was published in 2016.  Prof. Samantha Lawler from the Department of Physics and Campion College uses observational data and computational orbit simulations to test Planet 9 theory. Read all about Prof. Lawler's exciting research in a new article published by Discourse magazine! 

See: Article  Contact: Dr. Samantha Lawler

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April 2020: Congratulations Jerit!

Congratulations to 4th year undergraduate physics student Jerit Mitchell whose honours thesis project on micro-CT (computed tomography) imaging is making headlines!  Jerit, along with his supervisors Dr. Mauricio Barbi from the Department of Physics and Dr. Ryan McKellar from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, have been using synchrotron light from the Canadian Light Source to image cretaceous and paleogene-era insects, dinosaur egg fragments and a rib bone from the T-rex specimen Scotty! 

See: Article  Contact: Dr. Mauricio Barbi

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April 2020: T2K Restricts Values of Neutrino CP Phase

The T2K Collaboration has published new results showing the strongest constraint yet on the parameter that governs the breaking of the symmetry between matter and antimatter in neutrino oscillations. For the first time, T2K has disfavored almost half of the possible values of the CP phase angle at the 99.7% (3σ) confidence level.  These results, using data collected through 2018 were published Nature on April 16.  Dr. Mauricio Barbi from the Department of Physics is one of the co-authors!

See: Article  and Video   Contact: Dr. Mauricio Barbi

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April 2020: Physicists printing headbands for face shields

As reports of personal protective equipment shortages for health care workers continue top the headlines around the world, members of the University of Regina research community have banded together to help find a solution. Dr. Alireza (Mehran) Talebitaher models a headband prototype that was made using a 3D printer in the department of physics.  This prototype will now be assessed for possible deployment in Saskatchewan hospital

See: Full story  Contact: Dr. Gwen Grinyer

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March 2020: Understanding extinct species

Interview with University of Regina physics Prof. Mauricio Barbi on new results obtained from the Canadian Light Source (CLS) on dinosaur fossil imaging!  Along with U of R 4th-year undergraduate physics student Jerit Mitchell and Dr. Ryan Mckellar from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Dr. Barbi has been using the Light Source to image a rib bone from Scotty the TRex, a TRex coprolite containing little bone fragments, a 45 million-year old amber inclusion and a dinosaur eggshell! Listen to the March 11 interview with Dr. Barbi.

See: Full story  Contact: Dr. Mauricio Barbi