Physics

  • Jenni Adams, Physics
    Associate Professor Jenni Adams, UC astroparticle physicist, has been part of the International IceCube project for 10 years, which has been studying high-energy particles (neutrinos) that stream through the earth under the surface of the South Pole.

Qualifications

Overview

What type of student might consider a Physics degree? As a child, famous UC alumnus Ernest Rutherford was intrigued by seeing a stick apparently bend when dipped into a farm bucket of water; Albert Einstein asked how his face would appear in a hand-held mirror if he ran at some significant fraction of the speed of light. A budding physicist may share this fascination with and curiosity about the natural world.

Physics aims to understand the behaviour of matter and energy from the scale of subatomic particles to that of the Universe itself. From computers to communication systems, architecture to agriculture; modern life is overwhelmingly built using the understanding of nature that physics provides.

We are currently in an incredibly exciting period in Physics. The technological advances of the last 20 years have had an enormous impact on all our lives and almost all of these rely on advances in Physics. Modern physics provides a framework for understanding – and contributing to – major advances in technology now and in the future.

Contact us

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Phone +64 3 369 3100
Email hod-secretary@phys.canterbury.ac.nz

Location
Level 7, Rutherford Building - see campus maps

Postal address
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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