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News from the Chair

Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Undergraduate Research
L-R: Robert Reyna, Zachary Castillo, and Christian Roberts. Not shown: Jeremy Metzner, Austin Vaitkus

The following undergraduates have been awarded College of Arts & Sciences and Physics & Astronomy research grants:

  • Zachary Castillo (Viability of integrating Op-Amps for event detection in TPCs; Advisor: D. Loomba)
  • Jeremy Metzner (Characterization of metal deposited by laser ablation; Funding: A&S and Physics and Astronomy; Advisor: P. Schwoebel)
  • Robert Reyna (Application of diodes to measure charged particle beam characteristics; Funding: A&S and Physics and Astronomy; Advisor: S. Seidel)
  • Christian Roberts (Two channel fluorescence correlation with evanescent illumination; Advisor: J. Thomas)
  • Austin Vaitkus (Effects of CS_2 and SF_6 on diffusion rates of low-energy recoil tracks in TPCs; Advisor: D. Loomba)

Research Highlights

Theoretical Physics BBVA Foundation Award for Physics

Assistant Professor Professor Alejandro ManjavacasAlejandro Manjavacas won the prestigious BBVA Foundation Award for Physics, given annually to a Spanish physicist under age 35.

From the award citation: "...for his work on the interaction of light with material structures on the nanometer scale, in particular on metallic and graphene nanostructures. His theoretical predictions have inspired new experimental research in nanophotonics."

See the November 16 article from the UNM Newsroom. Dr. Manjavacas joined the department last year. Congratulations, Dr. Manjavacas!


Upcoming Events


Fri 1/20, 4:00PM in Room 125, Blake Sherwin, CMB Lensing: Fundamental Physics from Maps of the Invisible

Other Events:

Tue 1/17, 2:00PM in Room 190, NUPAC Group, Show and Tell

Thu 1/19, 3:30PM in Room 190, Christopher Jackson, Non-holonomic tomography and detecting state-preparation and measurement correlated errors


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science center

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

A new facility will help UNM researchers and students change the world

New Mexicans approved a General Obligation Bond C package. The facility could be completed by 2019


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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