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  • Aug 17: Fall Semester begins
  • Sep 7: Labor Day
  • Nov 26: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 12: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 18: Spring Semester begins
  • Mar 14–Mar 20: Spring Break
  • May 15: Spring Semester ends

2020 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. Read more.

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.

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Limited Operations This Summer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNM has reduced services. Most employees are still working remotely. See President Stokes's statement on our phased return.

The Physics and Astronomy office and building are closed. If you need to speak to anyone, leave a message at 505 277-2616. We will respond as soon as possible.

News from the Chair

Please welcome our new faculty and staff for Fall 2020

Tonmoy Chakraborty (tchakraborty@unm.edu) is our new faculty member in biophotonics. His family arrived in Albuquerque from Dallas but are quarantining until Aug 13. After that he will be at PAÍS getting his lab (2413) set up. He will be teaching PHYS 1310 remotely this upcoming semester. His office is 2244.

Diana Dragomir joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy as a Research Assistant Professor in August, 2019, and will start as an Assistant Professor this fall. See her website.

Jessica Dowell starts as a Lecturer (Mickey Odom's old position) this fall. She has already been working very hard this spring and summer to create online versions of most of our intro labs.

Youngwoo Yi (yyi@unm.edu) is our new Advanced Lab Coordinator (Mike Hasselbeck's old position). He has been performing similar duties at CU Boulder and brings with him a wealth of experience. Youngwoo got his PhD at the Colorado School of Mines and has carried out research on the optical properties of surfaces. He will be in PAÍS 1406.

News from the Chair

CQuIC receives award in new NSF Quantum Leaps Challenge Institute

Artistic rendition of quantum entanglement. Credit: Nicolle R. Fuller/NSF

CQuIC is excited to be part of the newly created center entitled Quantum Systems through Entangled Science and Engineering (Q-SEnSE), one of three Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes inaugurated by the National Science Foundation.

Q-SEnSE will focus on the development of next generations quantum sensors and metrology. The Q-SEnSE team includes researchers from seven Universities: CU Boulder, Delaware, Harvard, MIT, Oregon, Stanford, and UNM as well as four National Laboratories: Los Alamos, MIT-Lincoln Labs, NIST, & Sandia.

CQuIC researchers will pursue fundamental research to understand how one can harness quantum complexity for metrological advantage and apply this in next-generation experimental platforms. CQuIC will also play a central role in Quantum Information Science (QIS) education and workforce development.

Read more details in the CQuIC website article.

News from the Chair

Prof Gruzdev Wins Competitive Newton Award

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Research Associate Professor Vitaly Gruzdev was awarded a prestigious Newton Award from the Department of Defense. These awards were given out for transformative ideas during the Covid-19 pandemic. Only 13 awards were given from 548 applications, so congratulations to Vitaly!

Read more about this research, or see the DoD award announcement.


Upcoming Events


Tue 8/18, 2:00PM in Zoom, Daniel Gottesman Perimeter Institute Fellow, TBA

Other Events:

Thu 8/13, 9:00AM in Zoom, Lea Santos (Yeshiva University), Quantum Chaos Series: Indicators of many-body quantum chaos and time scales for equilibration

Fri 8/14, 1:00PM in Zoom, Ania Jayich, Dynamics of quantum systems with long-range interactions


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

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


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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