Congratulations to our CAP 2018 winners!

CAP 2018

(Pictured: Amy - First row, third from the left; Jordan - Second row, third from the right)

Amy-Rae Gauthier won 1st place in the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Student Presentation Competition, held at Dalhousie University this week. Amy won her divisional competition before delivering an excellent presentation in the CAP final competition, which won her 1st place. Amy, who works with Ben Newling, talked about imaging velocity fields of turbulent flows with MRI. 

Also from UNB, Jordan Grattan took first place in the Division of Atmospheric and Space Research (DASP) Student Poster Competition. Jordan, who works with William Ward, presented on his work identifying the temperature and pressure sensitivity of measurements made with the MIADI Michelson Interferometer.

Congrats to all of our UNB Physics Department participants!

A UNB-FPInnovations team wins 2018 L.J. Markwardt Wood Engineering Award

Congratulations to a UNB-FPinnovations team made of Dr. Clevan Lamason (FOREM), Dr. Bryce McMillan (Physics), Dr. Bruce Balcom (Physics), Dr. Brigitte Leblon (FOREM) and Zarin Pirouz (FPInnovations) who recently won the 2018 L.J. Markwardt Wood Engineering Award of the Forest Products Society for best basic research paper during 2016-2017 in Forest Products Journal.

The article, “Magnetic Resonance Studies of Wood Log-Drying Processes“, was the result of a joint effort between the UNB Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, the UNB Department of Physics and FPInnovations. The team will be awarded the $1,000 prize on June 13 at the 2018 Forest Products Society International Convention in Madison, Wisconson. 


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Our department is home to the UNB MRI Centre, a world-leading laboratory for materials MRI.

UNB's Physics Department has an outstanding reputation, both nationally and internationally, for its stellar accomplishments in research, for its acclaimed graduates, and nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Many of our faculty members have received prestigious awards for research and teaching.

What is physics?

Physics is the natural science which examines basic concepts such as energy, force, and space-time and all that derives from these, such as mass, charge, matter and its motion. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the world and universe behave.

Why physics?

CHAIN Radar antenna at Pond Inlet, NU

The research done by physicists can be applied into many aspects of our lives. Due to the nature of their work it isn't always straight forward to determine what their research can do for humanity but after a thorough understanding of new physics they can develop applications for this new found knowledge. Many of the devices and technologies we use today such as: TV's, computers, mobile phones, and game consoles are based on the understanding of how electrons behave. The majority of this research was performed in the early 1900's. Physics research is not limited to products that entertain us but also involves applications and solutions in medicine, environmental science, space science, acoustics, power generation and management and many more.

Careers in physics

Employment-sector breakdown of physics degree recipients, by degree type. (Source: AIP Statistical Research Center)Studying physics can lead you to a variety of career paths. The most well known path is to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor or research scientist. People who have earned a physics degree (B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D) have gone on to work in different industries including: engineering, computer and information technology, business, medical, and education. A Ph.D. is not required for all areas and often times a Bachelor's degree in physics is a great stepping stone to get into other professional designations such as: MBA, M.Eng, and Medical school. For more information and statistics on careers please visit the American Physical Society Site.

Outreach and Public Events 

UNB physics hosts many events for the local youth and public. We are aiming to promote continued science education for all ages, whether this is an observation night at our observatory, the physics Olympics, or going into local schools to help with hands-on laboratory experiments. For anyone interested in learning more check our outreach page here.