Upcoming Dates
  • Dec 18: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 17: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 17: Spring Semester begins
  • Mar 13–Mar 19: Spring Break
  • May 14: Spring Semester ends
  • May 30: Memorial Day
  • Jun 6: Summer Semester begins
  • Jul 4: Independence Day

2021 Convocation

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COVID-19 Graduation Alternative

Instead of getting together in person for our Department Convocation, we made a video to mark the occasion. See it on YouTube.

Chair: Richard Rand

An undergraduate education in physics provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning in a variety of disciplines, including science, engineering, math, finance, education, law, and medicine. Find out more.

Alumni testimonials: Read success stories from alumni of our department and their reflections on the quality of our programs.

News from the Chair

CARC Announces New Associate Director

Ylva Pihlström
Ylva Pihlström

The Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) at The University of New Mexico recently welcomed Professor Ylva Pihlström as its new associate director.

The UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing is the hub of computational research at UNM and one of the largest computing centers in the State of New Mexico. It is an interdisciplinary community that uses computational resources to create new research insights.

After receiving her doctorate at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, Pihlström worked with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Pihlstr has been a valued faculty member of the UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy since 2005.

Read the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

Research Experience for Undergraduates applications now being accepted

REU participants from 2018 at the NM Nuclear Museum. Photo by Peter Sinclair
The 2018 Physics and Astronomy REU program participants at the NM Nuclear Museum. Photo by Peter Sinclair

The 2022 University of New Mexico's Physics and Astronomy Department research internship program for undergraduate students is open for applications from qualified undergraduates.

The program pays for most student expenses and focuses on the development of strong student-mentor relationships as well as laboratory and research skills. The program also offers a range of recreational activities and opportunities to experience New Mexico.

Read more about this program and the application process.

News from the Chair

UNM's PAÍS building earns LEED Gold certification

UNM's PAÍS from the east side

UNM PAÍS was recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold status, the United States Green Building Council"s second-highest award for sustainable design and construction.

"Dedicated bicycle parking to reduce vehicle emissions, use of materials from the old reservoir for projects around campus to limit the waste entering a landfill, and smart controlled heating, cooling, and lighting to reduce building emissions" said College of Arts & Sciences Associate Dean for Research Chris Lippett.

Read more about this award in the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

UNM astronomer awarded NSF grant to improve monitoring of cosmic microwave background

Assistant Professor Darcy Barron was recently awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $393,000 to develop instrumentation and analysis tools to better monitor the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

See the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

Friday Evening Idea: Stargaze at the UNM Observatory
Fall Semester

Curious about the night sky? Join the Physics and Astronomy Department at our Friday night public viewing sessions, 8-10 pm weather permitting. Parking is free but limited, so show up early.

See the informative UNM Newsroom article and check the Campus Observatory webpage to see if the facility will be open this Friday.

News from the Chair

Job Openings at UNM Physics & Astronomy Department

Join Our Team We’re looking for people to fill the following positions:

New! Accountant II The best consideration date is November 17, 2021

Postdoctoral fellow position in optical imaging instrument development in the Chakraborty Lab

Postdoctoral fellow positions in Quantum Information in the Center for Quantum Information and Control

Postdoctoral fellow position in High Performance Computing with the Long Wavelength Array and BiFrost For best consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 2021

Lecturer position to teach three lower-division undergraduate physics and/or astronomy courses per semester. The expected start date is August 1, 2022, with classes beginning on August 22, 2022

Teaching Lab Supervisor. You will provide technical support and equipment maintenance in upper division undergraduate/graduate physics laboratory classes. You'll develop new experiments and may do some teaching as well

Machinist. Set up, program, and operate standard and CNC milling machines, lathes, light sheet metal equipment, and other machine tools. Help design and fabricate fixtures, tooling, and experimental parts to meet scientific needs


Upcoming Events


Fri 12/3, 3:30PM in Via Zoom. Please take the Satisfaction Survey, Lynn Matthews, Imaging the Dynamic Atmospheres of Dying Stars

Other Events:

Tue 11/30, 2:00PM in PAIS-3205, Alexandre Mills, Progress on Detecting the Migdal Effect: the Dynamic Range Issue and Novel Track Reconstruction

Thu 12/2, 3:30PM in TBD, Sergey Bravyi (IBM Quantum), Optimization of Clifford circuits


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

The Physics &
		    	   	                   Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

The Physics and Astronomy department is at 210 Yale Blvd NE as of November 2019


Research Experience for Undergrads

REU 2018 program participants
      	                   sitting on the edge at the top of Sandia Mountain

Make Your Summer Count!

Get real research experience with a fun group of your peers. Apply now.


Interactive Astronomy Apps

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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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