Upcoming Dates
  • Dec 16: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 10: Astro Prelim 9-noon, Room 184
  • Jan 11: Elect. & Magnetism Prelim, 9-noon, rm 184
  • Jan 11: Thermo/Stat Mech Prelim, 2-5 pm rm 184
  • Jan 12: Quantum Mech. Prelim 9-noon, rm 184
  • Jan 12: Classical Mech. Prelim, 2-5 pm, rm 184
  • Jan 15: Spring Semester begins
  • Mar 11–Mar 17: Spring Break
News from the Chair

Lauren Zundel wins NM Space Grant Scholarship

Lauren Zundel
Lauren Zundel

Lauren Zundel (BS Physics ’19) has been awarded the New Mexico Space Grant Undergraduate Research Scholarship. This award will help understand the optical response of arrays of nanostructures, with applications in solar energy harvesting and biosensing. Congratulations, Lauren!

Assistant Professor Alejandro Manjavacas is her faculty and research advisor.

See the full article.

Research Highlights

Neil McFadden wins NM Space Grant Scholarship

Neil McFadden
Neil McFadden

Neil McFadden has been awarded the New Mexico Space Grant Graduate Research Scholarship to pursue his PhD on proposed tonne-scale experiments that will search for neutrino-less double-beta decay with germanium detectors. The neutrino plays a central role in many puzzles in particle physics and cosmology. Future measurements of its properties in both laboratory and space-based experiments hope to resolve many of these puzzles and, possibly, point to new physics beyond the standard model.

The scholarship award is at the level of $10,000 for two academic semesters and will provide partial support for Neil to work on his PhD.

Neil is a member of the UNM group (Boyd, Fields, Gibbons, Gold, Loomba and Quintana) that is part of the international LEGEND collaboration. Professor Dinesh Loomba is his research advisor.

Congratulations, Neil!


Upcoming Events


Fri 1/19, 3:30PM in Room 125, Monika Schleier-Smith, TBA

Other Events:

Thu 12/14, 3:30PM in Room 190, Nick Menicucci, Cloud quantum computing without giving up your secrets

Thu 1/18, 3:30PM in Room 190, Monika Schleier-Smith, TBA


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

A digital rendering of what the future Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science center may look like

A new facility will help UNM researchers and students change the world

New Mexicans approved a General Obligation Bond C package. The facility could be completed by 2019


Summer REU Program!

Javascript apps

Beginning in 2018, a ten-week summer research program in diverse areas of physics and astronomy


Interactive Astronomy Apps

Javascript apps

9 Educational Apps

Written by Kevin Dilts for the Astro 101 Lab, these free interactive javascript apps illustrate common astronomy concepts. Enjoy!

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