Faculty of Science

Physics & Astronomy

physics astronomy


Physics is the study of nature at its deepest level. Physics research ranges from curiositydriven theories about the universe to practical applications in materials research and medicine. What do studies of atoms tell us about the composition and internal dynamics of stars? Do human activities contribute to global warming? Can we design nano-machines to carry out repairs to ourselves? Physical principles underlie all of the other sciences.


Astronomers seek to understand the nature of the universe and its constituents. Astronomers collect observations using a variety of wavelengths of light, including those that cannot be seen, such as X-rays and radio waves. Astronomers also employ large-scale computer simulations in order to test and further their understanding of astronomical objects.

Department Homepage: http://www.physics.uwo.ca/

Shantanu Basu
Department Chair

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Western University
The Physics and Astronomy Building
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7
Phone: (519) 661-3283
Fax: (519) 661-2033
Email: p-a.info@uwo.ca