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Greetings from the fun and fabulous Physics Department at the University of Windsor.  We are committed to our strategic priorities of Teaching Excellence, Research & Experiential Learning, and Community Engagement.  Our Department is uniquely known for the multiple genres of experiential learning opportunities we provide all our students.  Most students participate in research with our world-renowned faculty in the areas of Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics, Materials Science, and Biomedical Physics.  Explore these pages, and if you'd like to know more, request a tour of the Department by sending an email to



Physics alum, Justin Teeuwen, has published his first book.  Entitled It’s About TIME: Achieving Your Personal Legend, the book outlines a four-step process to achieving your personal goals:
  • Transform your life;
  • Illuminate your potential;
  • Manifest your destiny;
  • Evolve into the new you.

Read about it in the Dean of Students' blog.  Congratulations, Justin!

On Wednesday July 9, 2014, the Physics Department hosted approximately 30 high school students at the University of Windsor’s “Science Academy.”  These aspiring young scientists were treated to research laboratory tours, career advice, and participated in teaching laboratories and demonstrations.  The Department would like to thank the Physics Club and all our student volunteers for providing such a great event for these students.

Professor Elena Maeva explains her lab's activities to the students.

Undergraduate Melissa Mathers demonstrates a Tesla-coil-powered plasma ball.


The Department of Physics at the University of Windsor is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Morris and Beverly Baker Medical Physics Teaching Laboratory on May 16th, 2014.

This new teaching space has been funded through a generous $125,000 donation from the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation as well as a $40,000 contribution from the University of Windsor’s Strategic Priority Fund.  The Baker Foundation contribution constitutes the largest single donation ever received in the Faculty of Science.

Although labs have been held in this space since January of 2013, this event marks the official opening of the facility.  Attendees at this event included local medical physicists, Windsor West MP Brian Masse, University of Windsor President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Wildemann, Faculty of Science Dean Dr. Marlys Koschinsky, and representatives of the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation.  A full CTV newscast of the opening is given here "CTV news, New hands-on lab unveiled at UW"

To read all about our fantastic new teaching lab, and see lots of cool photos, visit our Baker Lab for Medical Physics Education page.

UWindsor Physicists Attend National Congress. 

Greetings from Sudbury.  The 50th Annual Congress of the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) was recently held in Sudbury, Ontario with many UWindsor faculty and students participating.  Our students won numerous distinctions for excellence in oral presentations and our faculty provided exciting contributions during the week-long event.  Graduate student Camille Estienne placed second overall in the prestigious student presentation competition.

Students Russell Putnam and Collin Tiessen show Dr. Drake some of the intricacies of 3-dimensional tic-tac-toe during a social event at the Science North interactive museum.

UWindsor students (from left) Mike Busuttil, Chris Diloreto, Camille Estienne, and Collin Tiessen prepare for a plenary lecture.

Dr. Rangan delivers a presentation on advanced teaching pedagogies.

Dr. Rehse and student Russell Putnam hanging out by their poster presentation.

Congratulations to our Graduates! 

Six Physics graduates attended the University of Windsor's Spring 2014 Convocation.  Pictured are our two newest Ph.D.s, Drs. Dmitry Gavrilov and Robert Petro and four of our undergraduates (BSc), Ryan Woodman, Jonathan Krehling, Geoffrey Baran, and Dylan Malenfant.  Not pictured are our three Master's graduates (MSc) Michael Busuttil, Amirreza Moini, and Bartosz Slak.

Also at the Convocation, Geoff Baran (Honours Physics and High Technology - Medical Physics) was awarded a prestigious Board of Governors Medal.  Many Departmental participants got to enjoy the day, including returning almnus Dante Capaldi (Medical Physics 2013). 

The Physics Phamily!

Professor Kim Profiled in Daily News!  Physicist brings entanglement framework to realm of superconductors

Professor Eugene Kim was profiled in the June 12, 2014 UWindsor Daily News describing his groundbreaking work to develop a formula to measure entanglement - a fundamental property of quantum mechanics - in superconductors.  Read about it here.

Nano Ontario's 2014 Conference will be hosted by the University of Windsor.  Abstracts now being accepted!

Click on Poster for Downloadable PDF.

Plan on joining us November 6 & 7, 2014 for the 5th Annual Nano Ontario Conference which will address issues relevant to innovation  and commercialisation
activities involving nanotechnology.

Conference Features:
• Industry panel discussion
• Highlighted presentations from the best contributed papers and invited talks from leaders in the field
• Interactive networking with the nanotechnology community from academia and industry
• Exhibition from industry and sponsors

Medical Physics Represents UWindsor in National Magazine 

In the 2014 issue of the Maclean’s “Canadian Universities Guidebook,” the authors identified the Department's B.Sc. in Medical Physics as one of three “Standout Programs” at the University.  The Guidebook advises that the degree will “…leave graduates well-positioned to move into programs in radiology or medical imaging.”

You can read the full Guidebook excerpt here.

This conclusion can be quickly confirmed by taking a look at our recent undergraduate student co-op poster presentations, which show high-level research being conducted by our students in the areas of: transcranial ultrasonic imaging, ultrasound for chemotherapeutic dosage monitoring, developing phantoms for minimally invasive heart surgery, computerized validation of cancer treatment electron beams, analyzing phantoms for CT imaging, and the development of novel radiation dosimeters. 

Physicists at the University of Windsor settle great debate over two-electron atoms

Professor Gordon Drake and his students were featured  prominently in the April 28, 2014 UWindsor Daily News.  They have just published an article in the prestigious Physical Review Letters that describes how low the positive charge of the nucleus in two-electron atoms like helium can be, without those electrons flying apart from the nucleus around which they orbit. 

Read the full Daily News article here

Physicists use high-tech methods to analyze priceless art works

Professor Roman Maev and Dr. Dmitry Gavrilov were featured in the April 11, 2014 UWindsor Daily News.  Read about their non-destructive analysis of artwork which is garnering attention all over the world here.

Dr. Rangan appointed as U. Windsor's Teaching Leadership Chair

Professor Chitra Rangan is in the inaugural cohort of University of Windsor Teaching Leadership Chairs. The Chairs are full-time faculty members who, for a three-year period, will focus a portion of their considerable energies on leading and supporting teaching and curricular initiatives in their faculties and across campus.  Teaching Leadership Chairs are awarded to mid-career and senior faculty members with strong track records as innovative leaders in teaching and learning at the post-secondary level.

On the "cutting edge" of medical imaging technology... 

Three of our highly-talented undergraduates (shown at left) presented their co-operative work term research results to the Department on Thursday, Febrauary 6th, 2014.  All three are working at the intersection of physics and modern medicine to develop new ultrasonic imaging technology.  To learn more, click here.

Professor Rehse was honored along with other colleagues on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the 14th Annual Faculty of Science Celebration of Success.

He was one of two recipients of the distinguished 2013 Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award, as well as a 2013 Faculty Performance Award.  Shown here is Dr. Rehse with the teaching excellence award being congratulated by Dr. Chitra Rangan, Head of the Department of Physics, and Dr. Marlys Koschinsky, Dean of Science.

For earlier News items, please see the Archive.