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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

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.

Featured Event

American Physical Society 2020 Four Corners Virtual Annual Meeting
Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, 2020

APS Meeting October 23-24, 2020

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Four Corners section of the American Physical Society (APS) will be held October 23-24, 2020. This will be a virtual meeting, hosted by Bravura Technologies.

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. He will be teaching PHYS 1310 remotely this semester. Find him in his lab at 2413, his office, room 2244, or his website, chakra.unm.edu.

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. He has been performing similar duties at CU Boulder and brings with him a wealth of experience. Youngwoo earned 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.


Upcoming Events


Fri 10/23, 3:30PM in Zoom, Alejandro ManjavacasUNM, Manipulating Light at the Nanoscale

Other Events:

Thu 10/22, 3:30PM in CQuIC Zoom seminar, Kurt Jacobs, Photonic circuit for loss correction using Chi-2 bulk nonlinearities (and a new master equation)

Fri 10/23, 7:30AM in Zoom, TBA, Four Corners American Physical Society Virtual Meeting


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

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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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