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  • Dec 14: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 20: Spring Semester begins
  • Mar 15–Mar 21: Spring Break
  • May 16: Spring Semester ends
  • Jun 1: Summer Semester begins
  • Jul 25: Summer Semester ends
  • Aug 17: Fall Semester begins

Chair: Richard Rand

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News from the Chair

Two Staff Job Openings at UNM Physics & Astronomy Department

Join Our TeamWe’re looking for a new Admin Assistant III.

We are also looking for a new Senior Research Scientist.

News from the Chair

Welcome New Faculty!

Three New Faculty

Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine, Diana Dragomir, and Tara Drake are three new faculty members who are starting in the Department this fall as Assistant Professor, Research Assistant Professor (she will transition to Assistant Professor in August 2020), and Assistant Professor, respectively.

Dr. Cyr-Racine comes to us from the High-Energy Theory Group at Harvard. His research focuses on dark matter, gravitational lensing, neutrinos, and cosmology, with an emphasis on their relation with particle physics.

Dr. Dragomir was most recently a Hubble fellow at MIT. Her field is small extrasolar planets, specifically their demographics and atmospheres.

Prior to her appointment at the Center for High Tech Materials, Dr. Drake worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. Her background is in nanophotonics, nonlinear optics, and quantum gases.

When you see them, please welcome them to the Lobo wolfpack! #woofwoofwoof

News from the Chair

PAÍS Nearing Completion

Currently, UNM is going through the second largest capital project outlay in school history. There is a substantial investment to acquire, construct, repair, and upgrade our unique and beautiful campus. The new Physics, Astronomy, and Interdisciplinary Science building is one of them. Find out more, and see how you can put your name on PAÍS.


Upcoming Events

Colloquiums Restart in the Fall:

Fri 9/27, 3:30PM in Room 125, David Weiss, Dynamical fermionization

Other Events:

Thu 9/5, 3:30PM in Room 190, Liang Jiang, Bosonic Quantum Error Correction

Thu 9/19, 3:30PM in Room 190, Linran Fan, Quantum photon conversion with integrated nonlinear photonics


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Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

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

UNM celebrated PAÍS with a beam raising ceremony on October 17, 2018. The facility will be complete by fall 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 in the high desert of New Mexico. Find out how.


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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