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  • Jul 27: Summer Semester ends
  • Aug 19: Fall Semester begins
  • Oct 10–Oct 11: Fall Break
  • Dec 14: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 20: Spring Semester begins
  • Mar 15–Mar 21: Spring Break
  • May 16: Spring Semester ends
  • Jun 1: Summer Semester begins

Chair: Richard Rand

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News from the Chair

Professors Mafi and Allahverdi get award for unique project

Professor Arash Mafi and Associate Professor Rouzbeh Allahverdi recently received an award of more than $580,000 from the Army Research Office for a project named Supersymmetry in Optics: Beyond Traditional Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics.

Read the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

Deutsch receives APS Five Sigma Physicist Award

Ivan DeutschIn April, 2019, the American Physical Society (APS) awarded Regents' Professor and CQuIC Director, Ivan Deutsch the APS Five Sigma Physicist Award, "a pin awarded to APS members who exhibit outstanding advocacy work in addressing science policy issues." Deutsch was selected as an award recipient because of his "multiple advocacy actions" and communication with the APS Office of Government Affairs throughout the year.

Read more.

News from the Chair

PAÍS One of Several UNM Summer Construction Projects

Currently, UNM is going through the second largest capital project outlay in school history. There is a substantial investment to acquire, construct, repair, and upgrade our unique and beautiful campus. The new Physics, Astronomy, and Interdisciplinary Science building is one of them. Find out more, and see how you can put your name on PAÍS.


Upcoming Events

Colloquiums Restart in the Fall:

Fri 9/27, 3:30PM in Room 125, David Weiss, TBA

Other Events:

Wed 8/21, 4:00PM in Room 190, D. Cho, Use of vector polarizability to manipulate alkali-metal atoms

Thu 8/29, 3:30PM in Room 190, Steven Girvin, TBA


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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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