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News from the Chair

Free Physics Demo Night: Astonishing Feats of Physics
Wednesday, November 1, 7-8 pm, Regener Hall Auditorium

Nick Huntoon demonstrates the levitating cube
Nick Huntoon demonstrates the levitating cube

  • Could you make a beach ball hover in mid-air, using only a common gardening tool?
  • Can two plates held together by a vacuum, defeat a team of people?
  • What happens when you fill a 55 gallon drum with steam, then close the lid?
  • How does fiber optics power the internet?

UNM's Society of Physics Students and faculty will host a demo show illustrating basic principles in mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism with a giant Newton's Cradle, Gyroscopes, a Rocket Car, Optical Fibers, Lasers, the Tesla Coil, and a suspenseful implosion. High school teachers and students are especially invited to attend. See the flyer.

News from the Chair

Prof. Mafi Elected 2018 Optical Society of America Fellow

Arash Mafi
Arash Mafi

Congratulations to our colleague Prof. Arash Mafi. He was elected as a Fellow of The Optical Society of America.

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light.

See the UNM Newsroom article or the full list on the OSA website.

News from the Chair

Alumni part of Nobel-prize winning team

Robert Ward
Robert Ward

Did you hear that the 2017 Nobel prize in physics was for gravity wave detection? Our own alumnus and Albuquerque native Robert Ward is a Research Fellow on the team that made the discovery!

See the article from the UNM Newsroom and the UNM Alumni magazine article.


Upcoming Events


Fri 10/27, 3:30PM in Room 125, Gregory Taylor, The Next Generation Low Band Observatory

Other Events:

Tue 10/24, 2:00PM in Room 190, Huaiyu Duan (UNM), Neutron Star Binary Merger GW170817

Thu 10/26, 2:00PM in Room 190, Raghvendra Sahai, Free-floating Evaporating Gaseous Globules (frEGGS)


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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