Department of Physics and Space Science

About the Department of Physics and Space Science

The Department's activities can be summarized into three areas:

Undergraduate Education:
The Department offers a variety of Physics and Space Science degree programmes within the Faculty of Science.
Graduate Education (MSc. and PhD.):
The Department offers Masters of Science and Doctoral programs for both Military and Civilian Graduate Students in each of our areas of research.
Research and Scholarly Activity:
The Department faculty conduct world class research programs within three areas:

The Effect of Arctic Dust on the Retrieval of Satellite Derived Sea and Ice Surface Temperatures

New research by Dr. Ron Vincent

Between 2007 and 2017 satellite infrared data revealed persistent low-level dust clouds in the vicinity of Amundsen Gulf in the Western Canadian Arctic during the melting season. Evidence suggests that the subsequent deposition of atmospheric dust in the region affected the surface emissivity in the thermal infrared regime.

Satellite images in visible and infrared (19 July 2016) showing dust deposition in Amundsen Sound and effect on surface temperature of land and water.

See also Arctic Dust article on CBC News web site.

RMC Physics and Space Science Visits Johnson Space Center

cadet with astronautOn the morning of 8 May 2018, a group of twenty-two intrepid RMC Officer Cadets and five staff members boarded a CC130H Hercules, compliments of 424 Transport & Rescue Squadron, to fly to Houston, TX for a memorable visit of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC).

$10 Million in New Research Funding Shared by RMC Faculty Member

Prof. Kristine Spekkens is part of a research team that has secured a $10 million CFI Innovation Fund award for the development of a radio astronomy data centre.

The project will build the infrastructure, computing capability, and expertise needed to process the overwhelming flood of information being produced by next-generation radio telescopes.


Read the CanX-7 Story in the Kingston Whig-Standard

Read the CanX-7 Story "RMC helps put satellite into space" in the Kingston Whig-Standard

Physics and Space Science events

Nanosats of the BRITE space mission reveal the origins of fundamental structures in the wind of the supergiant star Zeta Puppis

Artist’s impression of the hot massive supergiant Zeta Puppis.
Image credit: Tahina Ramiaramanantsoa

A Canadian-led international team of astronomers recently discovered for the first time observational evidence explaining how features at the surface of the hot massive supergiant star Zeta Puppis induce the formation of fundamental structures in its wind.

The research team used the network of nanosatellites of the BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) space mission - of which RMC Physics and Space Science Department Head Gregg Wade is the Canadian PI - to monitor the visible brightness changes coming from the surface of Zeta Puppis over about six months, and simultaneously monitored the behavior of the wind of the star from several ground-based professional and amateur observatories.

For more information, see the press release at the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec.

Novel diffraction grating based biosensor

Dr. Sabat from the Department of Physics and Space Science at RMC, along with Dr. Escobedo and his PhD student Srijit Nair from Queen’s university, developed a light-based bio-molecular sensor for protein binding detection in fluids, via measuring a very small refractive index change of the fluid. This biosensor will prove very useful in biomedical applications because it allows the detection of very small concentrations of toxins or other biological molecules in liquids.  Further details, with a link to the published article.

Magnetic stars responsible for LIGO’s “heavy” stellar-mass black holes?

RMC research assistant (and Queen’s PhD candidate) Zsolt Keszthelyi, in collaboration with RMC Professor of Physics and Space Science Gregg Wade and an international team of collaborators, propose a novel mechanism - strong magnetic fields at the surfaces of hot stars - leading to the formation of “heavy” stellar-mass black holes as detected by the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) collaboration in the source GW150914. Their results were recently featured in the popular press.

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Physics and Space Science Undergraduate Programmes

The programme requirements for the undergraduate Physics programme and the Space Science programme at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Undergraduate Physics Courses

Course descriptions for the undergraduate Physics courses offered at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Graduate Programmes in Physics

Information on the graduate studies physics programme requirements and course descriptions at the Royal Military College of Canada. 

Contact the Department of Physics and Space Science

Department of Physics and Space Science,
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario CANADA
K7K 7B4
(613) 541-6000, ext. 6288
(613) 541-6040

The Department is located in the Sawyer Building on the campus of the Royal Military College of Canada. The main office is located in Sawyer Building 4311.




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