Upcoming Dates
  • Aug 20: Fall Semester begins
  • Oct 11–Oct 12: Fall Break
  • Dec 15: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 14: Spring Semester begins
  • Mar 10–Mar 16: Spring Break
  • May 11: Spring Semester ends
  • Jun 3: Summer Semester begins
  • Jul 27: Summer Semester ends

Chair: Wolfgang Rudolph

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News from the Chair

UNM to participate in $15 million NSF program to create first practical quantum computer

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Surface Trap Monroe

Researchers at The University of New Mexico will participate in a $15 million, multi-university collaboration as part of a National Science Foundation program designed with the audacious goal of building the world’s first practical quantum computer. Read the UNM news article.

News from the Chair

UNM P&A REU program completes its first summer and it was a great success.

REU program at Socorro
REU students at the Very Large Array in Soccorro

The Physics and Astronomy Department’s summer REU program finished its first summer on August 3 with a final poster presentation event. Our eight students accomplished a tremendous amount in their ten weeks here, and presented their research in a broad range of areas: Astrophysics, Biophysics, Geophysics, Optics, and Quantum Information. See some photos from our poster event and the entire summer here on our Facebook page.


Upcoming Events


Fri 8/24, 3:30PM in Room 125, Dr. Daniel Kasen, Physics from the Gravitational and Electromagnetic Waves of a Neutron Star Merger

Other Events:

Mon 8/20, 11:00AM in Room 101, Professor Mo Mojahedi, Engineering the Light along its Axis of Propagation

Thu 8/23, 9:00AM in No Room Specified, Edik Rafailov Valery Donin Aline Maalouf Ching wei chen Peter Ossieur, International Conference on Laser, Optics and Photonics


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

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

The groundbreaking ceremony was held March 2018. The facility will be complete by July 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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