Upcoming Dates
  • Jul 31: Summer Semester ends
  • Aug 23: Fall Semester begins
  • Sep 6: Labor Day
  • Oct 14–Oct 15: Fall Break
  • Nov 25: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 18: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 17: Spring Semester begins
  • Jan 17: Martin Luther King Day

2021 Convocation

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COVID-19 Graduation Alternative

Instead of getting together in person for our Department Convocation, we made a video to mark the occasion. See it on YouTube.

Chair: Richard Rand

An undergraduate education in physics provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning in a variety of disciplines, including science, engineering, math, finance, education, law, and medicine. Find out more.

Alumni testimonials: Read success stories from alumni of our department and their reflections on the quality of our programs.

Graduate - Physics
Graduate - Optical Science and Engineering
News from the Chair

Quantum Undergraduate Research Experience (QU-REACH) Program
June 1 - August 6, 2021

Twelve students are here this summer for the first QU-REACH Program. During this ten-week program, undergraduates worked on advanced research projects in the three cornerstones of Quantum Technologies (Quantum Sensing, Quantum Communications, Quantum Computing). There were weekly lectures and a poster session planned for mid-August.

Find out more about the QU-REACH Program.

News from the Chair

Gabe Shipley '15 Wins Sandia's 2022 Truman Fellowship

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Gabe Shipley

Our alumnus Gabriel "Gabe" Shipley, who received a B.A. in Physics and Astrophysics in 2015, was awarded the 2022 Truman Fellowship from the Sandia National Lab. Truman Fellows conduct independent ground-breaking research that supports Sandia's national-security mission. The Fellowship is for three years.

Through multiple undergraduate and graduate research internships and practicums, Gabe has contributed to cutting-edge research in multiple Sandia divisions as well as with the X Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Gabe received his PhD from UNM's ECE department in 2021. His thesis work focused on methods to generate megagauss-level magnetic fields to stabilize and magnetize pulsed-power-driven liner implosions. Congratulations, Gabe!

News from the Chair

Mafi named College of Arts and Sciences interim dean

Professor Arash Mafi will lead the College of Arts and Sciences as interim dean starting July 1, 2021.

Mafi joined UNM in 2014 coming from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He heads the Photonics Research Group and is also the Center for High Technology Materials Director.

Congratulations, Dr. Mafi! Read the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

Faculty Promotions Announced

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is proud to announce that Victor Acosta and Alejandro Manjavacas have been given tenure and have been promoted to Associate Professor. Also, Mark Morgan-Tracy has been promoted to Principal Lecturer.

Read more.

News from the Chair

Three Job Openings at UNM Physics & Astronomy Department

Join Our Team We’re looking for people to fill the following positions:

Postdoctoral fellow position in optical imaging instrument development in the Chakraborty Lab. For best consideration apply by July 31, 2021.

Lecturer position to teach three lower-division undergraduate physics and/or astronomy courses per semester. The expected start date is August 1, 2022, with classes beginning on August 22, 2022.

Teaching Lab Supervisor. You will provide technical support and equipment maintenance in upper division undergraduate/graduate physics laboratory classes. You'll develop new experiments and may do some teaching as well. For best consideration apply by September 30, 2021.


Upcoming Events


Fri 10/1, 3:30PM in Room 125, Matthias Perdekamp, Iran Nuclear Deal

Other Events:

Tue 7/27, 1:00PM in Zoom, Various, Astro Coffee

Sat 9/18, 9:00AM in Explora 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, Sally Seidel, Free Workshop for NM Science Teachers


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

The Physics &
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The Physics and Astronomy department is at 210 Yale Blvd NE as of November 2019


Interactive Astronomy Apps

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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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