Simon Fraser University

Research Descriptions

Below you will find links to descriptions of research activities at Simon Fraser University. For each research area shown, there is a description of that area (PDF) and links to the individual pages of groups in that area. Please browse the web pages. You will find opportunities in every research field in our department. Feel free to contact any faculty member if you want information about the group, its activities, focus, and recent successes. If you would like departmental information, contact the graduate secretary.

A Bit of History

The Simon Fraser University physics department has strong research programs in a variety of fields. Physics is one of the founding departments at SFU, having started in 1965. In order to achieve the critical mass necessary for a young department to earn international recognition, Dr. Rudy Haering, the founding Head, chose to hire in only one area, condensed matter physics. The department started with 9 physicists. With growth in the department, now at 28 faculty members, came diversification in the research program. The first expansion was in soft condensed matter and biophysics, with the subsequent addition of faculty members in atomic and molecular physics. Although the department has been active in theoretical high-energy physics for some time, this area was expanded in 2001 to include an experimental program. Finally, the department has recently developed the area of theoretical cosmology.

Atomic and Molecular Physics

The groups

Biophysics and Soft Matter

The groups

Condensed Matter Physics

The groups

Cosmology

The groups

Particle Physics

The groups