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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.  Our B.Sc. Honours program stream in Medical Physics has been featured as a 'standout program' in Macleans magazine in 2014, 2015 and 2016!  Explore these pages, and if you'd like to know more, request a tour of the Department by sending an email to


Physics Department Professor Launches New Company!

University Distinguished Professor Dr. Roman Maev has partnered with local agencies and corporations to launch a new company.  On Tuesday, January 24, 2019, Windsor Mayor and ENWIN Energy Board Chair Drew Dilkens welcomed a new company to the city.   From the press release:

"ENWIN Energy Ltd. (ENWIN Energy) in partnership with Tessonics, a Windsor-based innovative technology solutions company, announced the launch of ONtech Rapid Coatings Inc. (ONtech), a new company that offers solutions for the treatment and repair of surface materials, using advanced customized metallic coatings.

ONtech is the direct result of a research partnership between The ENWIN Group and The University of Windsor’s Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research (IDIR) (which is led by Dr. Maev), supported by a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant awarded to IDIR in 2012. 

Under the NSERC grant, and through cash and in-kind contributions, ENWIN partnered with IDIR, leveraging ENWIN’s utility and operational experience and expertise to discover potential applications for the technology.

Seeing the business opportunities for this technology, ENWIN’s unregulated subsidiary, ENWIN Energy pursued a partnership with Tessonics, a global leader in ultrasonic technical solutions, to create ONtech Rapid Coatings Inc."

Congratulations to all of our Newest M.Sc. Graduates

In the past week, four M.Sc. students have all successfully defended their theses.  Congratulations to these new Master's Degree (M.Sc.) recipients:
Mr. Spencer Percy: "Two Photon Processes Within the Hyperfine Structure of Hydrogen," Dr. Gordon Drake, advisor.
Mr. Daniel Venn: "Relativistic Corrections to Nonrelativistic Electric Dipole Transitions," Dr. Gordon Drake, advisor.
Ms. Maha Sami: "Nonrelativistic Operators for Relativistic Transition Rates," Dr. Gordon Drake advisor.

Shown above (left to right) are Daniel, Spencer, and Maha.

Ms. Alexandra Paulick: "Development of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy as a Rapid Diagnostic Tool for Bacterial Infection," Dr. Steven Rehse, advisor.

Shown above is Allie with her Committee after the Defense.

Congratulations to everyone, and well-done!

Happy Holidays to all!

The Department of Physics celebrated another successful semester by holding a holiday luncheon on the grounds of Canterbury College.  Shown here is the assembled Physics Family after lunch.  Safe holiday break to everyone and best wishes for a Happy New Year.

The second annual Lucjan Krause Scholarship was awarded at our annual holiday party.  This scholarship will award $1000/year to a student enrolled in any Physics program to recognize their excellence in physics. 

Professor Lucjan Krause headed the Department of Physics through the formative decades of the 1960’s and ‘70s.  Dr. Krause came here in 1958 from Memorial University of New Foundland and became the second Head of the Department in 1959.  Under his guidance, the Department of Physics quickly developed a reputation as being one of the best Physics Departments in all of Canada.

This year the award was equally split between Mr. Robert Valente and Ms. Layale Bazzi.  Here they are getting their awards from Dr. Rehse.

Ms. Allie Paulick received the inaugural Tom & Mylo Drake Physics Research Prize.  This award of $1200 will be given annually to a student in Physics of good academic standing who exhibits the most significant research achievements.  Shown is Allie with Professor Gordon Drake who endowed the scholarship in honor of his parents.

Congratulations to Mr. Anmol Dhar, M.Sc.

Congratulations to our newest Master's Degree (M.Sc.) recipient, Mr. Anmol Dhar.  Anmol successfully defended his thesis entitled, “Post Quench Entanglement and Fluctuations in the Haldane Model,” on Friday, September 14th, 2018.  Shown is Anmol answering a question from his Committee.  Anmol's thesis advisor was Dr. Eugene Kim, his Department Reader was Dr. Chitra Rangan, and his Outside Program Reader was Dr. Alioune Ngom from the Department of Computer Science. Congratulations, Anmol! 


Welcome To All New Physics Majors and Graduate Students 2018

The Department of Physics welcomed all its new Physics Majors to the Department at an orientation on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018.  Shown below are some of these new students with representatives of the Physics Club, who were on hand to demonstrate their new cloud chamber and premiere their new orientation movie for the Department.



Physics Welcomes Science Academy 2018

The University of Windsor Department of Physics hosted approximately 50 students on Thursday July 12, 2018 as part of the UWindsor Science Academy.

Students were treated to a demonstration and explanation of a cloud chamber built by our Physics Club to visualize subatomic particles; they recieved a tutorial on optics; they competed in a laser maze exercise; and saw the world famous Fire Tornado.  Thanks to everyone who participated. 


Here the students are learning about atomic spectroscopy using their diffraction glasses.

Here the students are competing in teams to win the laser maze challenge.


Canadian Association of Physicists Congress 2018

The University of Windsor Department of Physics was extremely well-represented at the 2018 Canadian Association of Physicists annual congress in Halifax, Nova Scotia (June 2018).  Multiple students at both the undergraduate and graduate level as well as the faculty presented their work to an international audience and reunited with alumni and colleagues at the weeklong event.


Shown are (from left to right): Professor Emeritus Gordon Drake, Professor Steve Rehse, Robert Valente (BSc Physics & Mathematics 2019), Beau Greaves (BSc Medical Physics with Thesis 2017, MSc Physics  University of Guelph 2019), Alexandra Paulick (BSc Physics 2016, MSc Physics 2018) Professor Drew Marquardt, Christopher Heath (BSc Physics and Computer Science 2019), Paul Dubovan (Medical Physics 2019),  Joshua Trocchi (BSc Physics 2014, MSc Physics 2019), Aaron Mascaro (BSc Physics and High Technology 2013, PhD Physics McGill University 2019), Professor Chitra Rangan, Jeffrey Dech (BSc Physics and High Technology 2012, PhD Physics 2019).  Dech and Trocchi placed second in the student poster competition in the atomic and molecular physics division.

Congratulations 2018 Spring Graduates!

On May 28th, 2018 the Department of Physics celebrated with its graduates at the 109th UWindsor convocation.

Shown below after the ceremony are: Anthony Vacarescu (M.Sc. Physics), Professor Steve Rehse, Joshua Baylis-Gillen (B.Sc. Honours Physics and Computer Science), Adam Altenhof (B.Sc. Honours Chemistry and Physics with Thesis), Jacob Burling (B.Sc. Honours Physics), Milos Draskovic (B.Sc. Honours Physics – Medical Physics), Allen Abishek (B.Sc. Honours Physics), Brianna Boissonneault (B.Sc. Honours Physics – Medical Physics), Andrea Bisutti (B.Sc. Honours Physics – Medical Physics), Erica Rustico (B.Sc. Honours Physics and Mathematics and Board of Governors Medal winner).  Not shown is Sarah Youssef (M.Sc. Physics) and Luqman Ejaz (B.Sc. Honours Physics - Physics and High Technology with Co-op).

Also recognized by the Faculty of Science at an earlier ceremony as LEAD medallion scholars were Altenhof (gold), Burling (silver), Boissonneault (silver) and Bisutti (silver).  The new LEAD medallions recognize scholars who also exhibit excellence in the categories of Leadership, Engagement, Application, and Discovery.

Congratulations to all.

Thank You to Everyone Who Attended the Light & Libations Event!

A fantastic evening of fun, education, and entertainment was had by all at Walkerville Brewery on the evening of Thursday, May 24th, 2018.

The crowd was treated to fabulous displays of light-based science, light- and science-themed art, light based mini-talks, games, and sky viewing.  Shown is a part of the crowd listening to a mini-talk, physics student Paul Dubovan showing a family how LED lights are impacted by liquid nitrogen, assistant professor Dan Xiao trying her had a light-focusing game, and a crowd of people outside the brewery looking at Jupiter and its moons through a telescope courtesy of astronomy instructors Steve Pellarin and Janet Hart.

Institute for Diagnostic Imaging and Research (IDIR) Affiliated with UWindsor Physics Awarded $5.5 million in an NSERC CRD Grant

(The following story was published in the Windsor Star, Saturday, May 12, 2018).
A University of Windsor research team is getting nearly $5.5 million in funding.

The Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research is receiving the grant through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Collaborative Research and Development program. This grant is the largest CRD funding package in the university’s history. The IDIR’s project will develop and test methods of diagnosing and fixing problems in industrial machinery on site. The team will also develop and test resilient coatings, and non-destructive ways to test materials. Companies across varied industry sectors are collaborating to share the benefits of this project. The institute is working with five industrial partners: Bombardier, Ford, Enwin, Canadian ElectroCoating Ltd./ Narmco, and the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada.

Roman Maev (University Professor), the institute’s director general, says that each partner’s priorities make this project a unique one. “Each industrial partner has it own independent interests,” says Maev. “Clustering the technology so it serves many needs is a more efficient use of research resources and it benefits the most users.” The institute will provide each partner with variations on the same technology.

Link to the Windsor Star story here:

UWindsor Physics Graduate on CBC Panel to Discuss the Passing of Stephen Hawking

On March 14, 2018, Melissa Mathers (2015, B.Sc. - Honours Physics with Thesis, Minors: Computer Science and Mathematics) from Let's Talk Science was on CBC News Network with host Carole MacNeil to discuss Stephen Hawking's contributions to science, outreach and our understanding of the universe.  Melissa was a former Physics Club President.

Way to go, Melissa!

Click on the picture to see the interview.

Four Physicists Compete With the 2018 UWindsor Ontario Science Games Team

McMaster University, in partnership with the McMaster Science Society and the Ontario Science Society Students’ Association, hosted the third-annual Ontario Science Games on March 2nd-4th, 2018.  Teams of science students from Sir Wilfred Laurier University, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, University of Ottawa, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology united to take on the returning champs from the University of Windsor.

Shown above is the UWindsor Team and below that are the four physics representatives: Andrea Bisutti (4th year, medical physics), Jake Burling (4th year, physics), Alexi Jankulovski (2nd year, physics), and Brianna Boissonneault (4th year, medical physics).

Report from the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) 2018

From Friday, January 12 through Sunday, January 14, the 2018 APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) were held across North America.  2nd year undergraduate student Rebecca Daoud (medical physics) represented the University of Windsor Physics Department during the conference hosted by Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.  Shown here is Rebecca reporting back to her fellow students on the activities that took place during the confeernce and current issues facing women in physics.  

Welcome to Westview Freedom Academy

Welcome to the students of Westview Freedom Academy who, along with their teacher Ms. Erica Young, visited with us in the Department of Physics on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.  Shown are the students listening to PhD candidate Jeff Dech and Master's student Joshua Trocchi about experimental science near absolute zero.  Thank you for visiting the Department.  If you have a group or school that woudl like to visit the Physics Department, please contact us!

Congratulations to Mr. Anthony Vacarescu, M.Sc.

Congratulations to our newest Master's Degreee (M.Sc.) recipient, Mr. Anthony Vacarescu.  Anthony successfully defended his theis entitled, “Development and Implementation of an Ultrasonic Method to Characterize Acoustic and Mechanical Fingernail Properties,” on Friday, December 15th, 2017.  Shown after the defense with his thesis committee are (from left), Professor H. Zhang, Department of Biological Sciences, Anthony Vacarescu, Professor Roman Maev (thesis advisor) Physics, and Professor Dan Xiao, Physics. Congratulations, Anthony! 

Fall 2017 Awards

Several prestigious awards were celebrated at the Department's Holiday Party on Friday December 8th.

Head Secretary Kimberly Lefebvre was recognized for winning BOTH the Faculty of Science Impact Award (nomiated by the Department) and the Faculty of Science Leadership in Mentoring Award (nominated by the students of the Department.)  Shown is Kimberly receiving her medals from Dean Chris Houser.

Professor Rehse was honored for winning the Science Society Excellence in Teaching Award.  Shown is Dr. Rehse receiving this award from provost Douglas Kneale.

Physics and High Technology undergraduate student Taylor Tracey-Kyryliuk was the inaugural recipient of the $1000  Dr. Lucjan Krause Undergraduate Scholarship in Physics.  Shown is Taylor receiving her award from Dr. Rehse.

Also honored were the 2017 Nicolas Copernicus Scholarship winners: Erica Rustico, Robert Valente, and Tristhal Parasram.

Thank you to all the students, emeriti, faculty, and staff who attended the Holiday Party.  A great time was had by all...

Fall 2017 Science Olympiad

UWindsor Science Olympiad, hosted by the Faculty of Science, was held on Friday, October 13, 2017. Schools were allowed to register up to two teams of six students.  See this page for a full description of the event.

Representing the Physics Department at this event were representatives of the Physics Club.

  Pictured clockwise from upper left are: Alexi Jankulovski, Layale Bazzi, Naila Rahman, Candice Fast, Taylor Tracey Kyryliuk, Jacob Burling, Andrea Bisutti.  


Students competed in a projectile calculation competition.

Medical Physics - a standout program in McLeans again

For the third year in a row, Maclean's “Canadian Universities Guidebook,” has identified the Department's B.Sc. in Medical Physics as one of three “Standout Programs” at the University.

Med Phys in Macleans again

The Guidebook advises that the degree will “…leave graduates well-positioned to move into programs in radiology or medical imaging.”  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.

Summer Research Fellowships

The Department of Physics at the University of Windsor offers a Summer Research Fellowship for domestic students registering in thesis-based graduate programs in September. Fellowships are available on a competitive basis in AMO Physics, Materials Science and Biomedical Physics. Click here for details and application form.

Medical Physics Makes Maclean's UWindsor Top 3 Again! 




For the second year in a row, Maclean's “Canadian Universities Guidebook,” has 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.”

See the whole story 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. 


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