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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.

Graduate - Physics
Graduate - Optical Science and Engineering
News from the Chair

Mafi named College of Arts and Sciences interim dean

Professor Arash Mafi will lead the College of Arts and Sciences as interim dean starting July 1, 2021.

Mafi joined UNM in 2014 coming from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He heads the Photonics Research Group and is also the Center for High Technology Materials Director.

Congratulations, Dr. Mafi! Read the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

Diana Dragomir discovers exciting new planet

An artist's rendering of TOI-1231 b, a Neptune-like planet about 90 light years away from Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An international group of collaborators, including Assistant Professor Diana Dragomir, have discovered a new, temperate sub-Neptune sized exoplanet orbiting a nearby M dwarf star. The recent discovery offers exciting research opportunities thanks to the planet's substantial atmosphere, small star, and how fast the system is moving away from the Earth.

Read more about this fascinating discovery in the AZOQuantum publication or the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

How Hot Nanoparticle Collections Cool Down

An international team including grad students Lauren Zundel and Stephen Sanders from UNM, plus LANL and Institute of Optics of Spain scientists led by Assistant Professor Alejandro Manjavacas, recently developed an elegant and efficient approach to calculate radiative heat transfer on the nanoscale level.

Figuring out how materials transfer heat can lead to advances in thermophotovoltaics, in which wasted energy from engines and factories can be converted into usable electricity. Another application could be to build chips with more transistors while preventing computers from overheating.

Read more about this exciting research finding in the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

Post Doctoral Fellow Position Available

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico (UNM) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in optical imaging instrument development in the Chakraborty Lab. For best consideration apply by July 31, 2021.


Upcoming Events


Fri 10/22, 3:30PM in Room 125, Paul J. Steinhardt Albert Einstein Professor in Science. Professor of Physics Director, TBA

Other Events:

Thu 6/24, 2:00PM in Zoom, Christopher DiLullo, A Search for the 21 cm Cosmic Dawn Absorption Signal with the Long Wavelength Array

Thu 6/24, 2:00PM in Zoom, Chris DiLullo (UNM), Searching for the Global 21 cm Cosmic Dawn Absorption Signal with the Long Wavelength Array


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

The Physics &
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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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