Director - P.A. (Trish) Henning
Associate Director - Rich Rand


Harjit S. Ahluwalia
Rouzbeh Allahverdi
Huaiyu (Mike) Duan
P.A. (Trish) Henning
Dinesh Loomba
John T. McGraw
Ylva Pihlström
Richard J. Rand
Gregory Taylor

Associate Members:

Jack Brandt
Hèlène Dickel
John Dickel
Namir Kassim

The IFA has a leading role in the construction of the Long Wavelength Array (LWA), a powerful facility instrument for research in astrophysics, space weather, and ionospheric physics. The LWA is a scientific and technical pathfinder for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the next generation successor to the Very Large Array. UNM is a member of the US SKA Consortium. The main research strength of th IFA is in extragalactic astronomy, expecially at radio wavelengths. We also have a strong effort in atmospheric studies through astronomical observations.

You might want to look at the links to the instructional pages of the Department of Physics and Astronomy (PandA). We offer astronomically related degrees such as: Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in astrophysics, B.S. in astrophysics, and a B.A. in physics and astronomy.

As a popular outreach program, we have open houses at the UNM Campus Observatory (every clear Friday night when the University is in session), and we have an informal weekly brown-bag lunch. Note also that many of the Friday colloquia in PandA are astrophysically related.


Long Wavelength Array
Degree Programs (link to PandA)
Current Courses
UNM Campus Observatory
PandA Colloquia
Natural History Museum
Institute for Astrophysics Seminar Series
Trish Henning: henning@as.unm.edu | 505.277.3166  OR   Rich Rand: rjr@phys.unm.edu | 505.277.2073
University of New Mexico Department of Physics and Astronomy
MSC07 4220 - 1919 Lomas Blvd NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001