Physics and Space Science News and Events

Space Day 2019


Tuesday, 30 April
Currie Hall

The RMC Department of Physics and Space Science is honoured to welcome Canadian Space Agency President Sylvain Laporte and DG Space Director Space Strategy and Plans LCol Catherine Marchetti on 30 April 2019 for RMC Space Day.

Both guests will deliver presentations describing their agency’s strategic plan and recent developments. All RMC cadets, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.


  • 10:00: College-wide presentation by CSA President Sylvain Laporte: "Exploration Imagination Innovation"
  • 11:00: Coffee
  • 11:30: Sylvain Laporte face-to-face with OCdts (by invitation)
  • 14:00: College-wide presentation by LCol Catherine Marchetti: "Defence Space Program"
  • 15:00: Coffee
  • 15:30: LCol Marchetti face-to-face with OCdts (by invitation)

Study of water flow in Picton Bay


Dr. Jennifer Shore and Mr. Peter Snell of The Department of Physics and Space Science have published a study of water flow in Picton Bay.

Dr. Jennifer Shore and Mr. Peter Snell on Picton Bay

Using GPS-powered drifters, researchers have been able to obtain measurements of how water moves through the bay. The drifters are pulled around by the local currents and continually broadcast their locations over the internet.

Municipal water intakes, located about 3.3 meters under the surface near the South end of Picton Bay, are vulnerable to risks from contamination, harmful algal blooms, and other water quality threats from a changing ecosystem due to climate change.  Drifter measurements, combined with water-flow models, allow for better management of these risks.

For further information, see the Water Quality Research Journal, and Protecting Drinking Water in the Bay of Quinte With Help from GPS Drifters.

First Annual Physics for Defence Lecture


The annual Physics for Defence public lecture presents unclassified research carried out by faculty in the Department of Physics and Space Science, and its connections with the mission of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. .

Public Lecture: Hunting the Sound of Silence: Non-Acoustic Methods of Submarine Detection
Dr. Ron Vincent, RMC

The modern submarine is a stealthy adversary that poses a significant military threat. The standard method of finding a submarine is through the detection of its acoustic signature using hydrophones. However, advances in technology have led to the emergence of virtually silent submarines, rendering acoustic techniques ineffective. This presentation will examine non-acoustic methods of submarine detection that may be employed from an aircraft or satellite.  Topics of discussion include: submarine-induced bioluminescence, the Kelvin wake, and the Bernoulli hump.  The use of blue-green lasers to detect underwater targets is also examined.

Thursday, 7 March, 2019
11:00, Sawyer 1303

Department of Physics and Space Science

Contact: Dr, Gregg Wade 613-541-600 ext. 6140