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2020 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. Read more.

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.

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News from the Chair

Alumnus endowment a game-changer for astrophysics and cosmology in P&A

The Department of Physics and Astronomy will gain two endowments -- one for research and an endowed faculty position -- as well as the creation of the Origins of the Universe Chair Fund and the Origins of the Universe Program Fund, as a result of a donation from the estate of Robert E. (Bob) Young, a 1955 UNM graduate.

The Origins of the Universe Chair Fund will be used to create an endowed University Chair for a faculty member working in the area of cosmology and astrophysics. The Origins of the Universe Program Fund will be used to support student and faculty research in cosmology and astrophysics. Examples of research areas are dark energy, dark matter, the origins of black holes, the origin and evolution of galaxies, and the origins of planets.

Read more in the UNM Newsroom.

News from the Chair

UNM Receives Award to Increase Computing Power for Radio Telescopes

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made an award to UNM and Long Island University for the project: A CPU/GPU Pipeline Framework for High Throughput Data Acquisition and Analysis. This award comes from NSF's Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation program.

A team led by Greg Taylor and Jayce Dowell is developing software, known as Bifrost, which provides a collection of software building blocks that can be put together to process streams of data in a highly parallel fashion.

Read more about this remarkable collaboration and the NSF award.

News from the Chair

Carlton Caves Awarded Prestigious International Quantum Prize

Micius Quantum Prize

Carlton Caves
Carlton Caves

The Micius Foundation named UNM Distinguished Professor Emeritus Carlton Caves, as one of three recipients of the Micius Quantum Prize 2020 which focuses on the broadly defined field of quantum metrology, recognizing scientific advances ranging from early conceptual contributions to experimental breakthroughs. He will receive a gold medal as well as a cash award.

Caves was recognized for his groundbreaking foundational work on quantum metrology and quantum information theory, especially for elucidating the fundamental noise in interferometers and its suppression with the use of squeezed states. "We always worked on what we thought was most interesting and most important," said Professor Caves, "with the goal of understanding how the world works."

Congratulations! Read more about Carlton Caves and this award.


Upcoming Events

Other Events:

Thu 10/14, 7:00AM in UNM PAIS, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Various TBD, 23rd Annual SQuInT Workshop


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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