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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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News from the Chair

Gary Harrison wins Gerald May staff award!

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Gary Harrison
Gary Harrison

Gary Harrison, our Facilities Operations Manager, won the Gerald W. May Outstanding Staff Award. Faculty, staff and students nominated Gary and the President of the University made the final award selection.

Gary will receive a monetary award and a plaque, and his name will be added to the perpetual plaque at Hodgin Hall. The awards are presented at a public ceremony in December.

Congratulations Gary! This is a well-deserved recognition for years of outstanding service to the department.

Read more about the Gerald May award.

News from the Chair

Alejandro Manjavacas Highlights Nanophotonics Research on Podcast


Assistant Professor Alejandro Manjavacas talked about recent Theoretical Nanophotonics Lab research in a well-known podcast about photonics. The interview starts at the 37:52 mark, check it out!

News from the Chair

Diana Dragomir Leads Team Exploring Exoplanet Atmosphere

An international team of scientists recently measured the spectrum of the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a Sun-like star located 260 light years away from Earth.

"This ultra-hot 'medium-sized' exoplanet orbits very close to its star but its low density indicates that it has an atmosphere weighing at least 10 percent of the planet's mass," explained Assistant Professor Diana Dragomir, who is leading the work which involved more than 25 institutions.

The research, Spitzer Reveals Evidence of Molecular Absorption in the Atmosphere of the Hot Neptune LTT 9779b, was published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters and supported in part by NASA through a Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) grant.

Read the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

2020 Four Corners (Virtual) Sectional Meeting of the APS

The 2020 Four Corners Sectional (Virtual) Meeting of the American Physical Society concluded late Saturday afternoon with an awards ceremony at which two P&A graduate students, Andrew Forbes and Anupam Mitra, won awards in the outstanding student talks category.

Andrew Forbes and Anupam Mitra

Andrew Forbes' presentation was entitled, Study of the rare decays of \(B^0_s\) and \(B^0\) mesons into muon pairs using data collected during 2015 and 2016 with the ATLAS detector.

Anupam Mitra's presentation was entitled, How tractable is the simulation of open quantum system dynamics of Ising models?

Our congratulations to both! Read the event write up.

News from the Chair

Alexandre Mills recognized by DOE's Science Graduate Student Research Program

Alexandre Mills Alexandre Mills is among 52 students from across the nation selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program.

The SCGSR Program provides supplemental funds that will allow Mills to conduct part of his thesis research at Los Alamos National Labs. Mills specializes in Particle Physics, specifically working on projects related to the direct search for dark matter. He grew up in Los Alamos and getting this grant to work at LANL "feels a lot like going home."

Congratulations Alexandre and thesis advisor Dinesh Loomba! Read more details in the UNM Newsroom article.


Upcoming Events


Fri 12/4, 3:30PM in Zoom, Leonard Susskind, TBA

Other Events:

Tue 12/1, 2:00PM in Zoom, Kevin Cahill, Is the local Lorentz invariance of general relativity implemented by gauge bosons that have their own Yang-Mills-like action?


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Interactive Astronomy Apps

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