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Chair: Richard Rand

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Featured Event

Physics Secrets Revealed!

Physics Demo Night
The UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a Demonstration Show, on Wednesday, March 20, from 7-8 pm, in Regener Hall Auditorium (Room 103). The event is free and open to the public. Local high school teachers and students are invited to attend. UNM's Society of Physics Students members and faculty will illustrate basic physics principles in mechanics, optics, and electricity and magnetism. Demonstrations will include the giant Newton's Cradle, Bernoulli's Principle, a Human Gyroscope, the Rocket Car, Optical Fibers, Laser Interference, the Tesla Coil, and Implosion. See the flyer

News from the Chair

UNM Physics Day 2019
Saturday, April 13

UNM Physics Day

Please join us for a day at Physics and Astronomy filled with oral and poster presentations by undergraduates from a range of universities. Tours of the Campus Observatory, different Research Labs, and the Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) are also on the schedule.

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News from the Chair

Seidel featured in Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectureship article

Physicist Sally Seidel, on left, met with science faculty members of Oregon Episcopal School, which serves pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students (Photo courtesy of Linda Mantel.)

Professor Sally Seidel had a full itinerary as the Columbia-Willamette Oregon Chapter Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer last month. Read more about her visit.

News from the Chair

PAÍS continues to take shape as construction passes midway point

Halfway done! See how you can get your name on the new Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building.


Upcoming Events


Fri 3/22, 3:30PM in Room 125, Dave DeMille, A tabletop-scale probe for TeV-scale physics: the electric dipole moment of the electron

Other Events:

Wed 3/20, 4:00PM in Room 190, Kyle Martin, Compact Optical Frequency Standards for Future Applications Beyond the Laboratory

Wed 3/20, 7:00PM in Regener Hall Room 103, Students and Faculty of the Physics and Astronomy Department, Spring Lecture Demo Show


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.


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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