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  • Jan 16: Spring Semester begins
  • Mar 12–Mar 18: Spring Break
  • May 13: Spring Semester ends
  • Jun 5: Summer Semester begins
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News from the Chair

CQuIC’s Fantastic $2.2 Million NSF Grant

CQuIC researchers
Congratulations to the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC). CQuIC (Profs. Caves, Deutsch, Miyake, Becerra from UNM and Prof. Jessen from UA) received a $2.2 million, five-year award from the National Science Foundation to become a Focused Research Hub in Theoretical Physics, one of only two in the United States.

Read the article from the UNM Newsroom

Featured Event

Free Physics Demo Night: Astonishing Feats of Physics
Physics Demo Night

  • Could you make a beach ball hover in mid-air, using only a common gardening tool?
  • Can two plates held together by a vaccuum, defeat a team of people?
  • What happens when you fill a metal can with steam, then put ice on it?
  • How does fiber optics power the internet?

The UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a Demonstration Show, on November 2, from 7-8 pm, in Regener Hall Auditorium (Room 103). High school teachers and students are especially invited to attend. UNM's Society of Physics Students and faculty will illustrate basic principles in mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism with a giant Newton's Cradle, beach balls, a Human Gyroscope, the Rocket Car, Optical Fibers, Laser Interference, the Tesla Coil, and a suspenseful implosion. Note: this Demo Show replaces the Fall Open House which we held in the past.


Upcoming Events


Fri 10/21, 4:00PM in Room 125, Prof. Dinesh Loomba, A Hunt for Dark Matter: a Tale of Sensitivity and Direction

Other Events:

Fri 10/21, 9:00AM in Room 1131, Bradley A. Knockel, Probing Dark Matter-Neutrino Connection via Indirect Detection Experiments

Fri 10/21, 9:00AM in Room 1131, Bradley Knockel (UNM), Probing Dark Matter-Neutrino Connection via Indirect Detection Experiments (Special Seminar)


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!


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science center

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

A new facility will help UNM researchers and students change the world

New Mexicans will vote on a General Obligation Bond C package this fall. If Bond C is approved, the facility could be completed by 2019.

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