Upcoming Dates
  • Mar 10–Mar 16: Spring Break
  • May 11: Spring Semester ends
  • Jun 3: Summer Semester begins
  • Jul 27: Summer Semester ends
  • Aug 19: Fall Semester begins
  • Oct 10–Oct 11: Fall Break
  • Dec 14: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 13: Spring Semester begins

Chair: Richard Rand

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News from the Chair

Full Moon Eclipse

The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse! Photo taken on January 20, 2019. Credit: Xinhua/Li Ying

News from the Chair

Chair Changes

Wolfgang Rudolph's term as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy ended on Dec 31, 2018, and Rich Rand became Chair on January 1, 2019. We thank Wolfgang for his excellent and dedicated service over six and a half years, during which the department has been very successful, not least in achieving our long-standing goal of a new building, PAÍS. Rich hopes to build on these successes and to leverage PAÍS so the department can continue to push the limits of physics and astronomy.


Upcoming Events


Fri 1/25, 3:30PM in Room 125, Professor John Boone, Applying computed tomography to breast cancer screening

Other Events:

Thu 1/24, 3:30PM in Room 190, Hartmut Haeffner, Coherent control of rotating ion strings: towards observing spin statistics in a new regime

Thu 1/31, 3:30PM in Room 190, Mark Wilde, Trading resources in quantum Shannon theory


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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