Upcoming Dates
  • Mar 13–Mar 19: Spring Break
  • May 14: Spring Semester ends
  • May 30: Memorial Day
  • Jun 6: Summer Semester begins
  • Jul 4: Independence Day
  • Jul 30: Summer Semester ends
  • Aug 22: Fall Semester begins
  • Sep 5: Labor 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.

Research Highlights

Dragomir and colleagues discover chilly, Jupiter-like planet

Artistic rendering of TOI-2180 b

A citizen scientist and a team including assistant professor Diana Dragomir detected a "rare gem", a giant gaseous planet about 379 light-years from Earth.

Find out more about this discovery.

Research Highlights

Manjavacas and colleagues investigate the cause of haziness in nineteenth century daguerreotype photography

Two women in portrait mode

A team of scientists led by associate professor Alejandro Manjavacas made a discovery explaining some of the mysterious characteristics of daguerreotypes, a widely used photographic process dating from the 1840s. The research is helping to explain the characteristic haze that develops over these photographs as they age. This research will help museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art preserve antique photographs for future generations.

Read more about this research.

News from the Chair

Julie Morrison wins Gerald May Outstanding Staff Award

Julie Morrison
Julie Morrison

We are very excited that our Department Administrator, Julie Morrison, was chosen as one of the winners of the 2021 Gerald May Outstanding Staff Awards by the UNM Staff Council.

Julie has done tremendous work for the department for 11 years, the first six as our Contracts and Grants Coordinator.

Warm congratulations to Julie! Read more about this award.

News from the Chair

Research Experience for Undergraduates applications now being accepted

REU participants from 2018 at the NM Nuclear Museum. Photo by Peter Sinclair
The 2018 Physics and Astronomy REU program participants at the NM Nuclear Museum. Photo by Peter Sinclair

The 2022 University of New Mexico's Physics and Astronomy Department research internship program for undergraduate students is open for applications from qualified undergraduates.

The program pays for most student expenses and focuses on the development of strong student-mentor relationships as well as laboratory and research skills. The program also offers a range of recreational activities and opportunities to experience New Mexico.

Read more about this program and the application process.

News from the Chair

Job Openings at UNM Physics & Astronomy Department

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

Research Engineer III A Research Engineer is required to initiate and collaborate on projects intended for applications at CERN, the site of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, including developing novel silicon particle detectors for high energy physics experiments.

Accountant II

Postdoctoral fellow position in optical imaging instrument development in the Chakraborty Lab

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

Machinist. Set up, program, and operate standard and CNC milling machines, lathes, light sheet metal equipment, and other machine tools. Help design and fabricate fixtures, tooling, and experimental parts to meet scientific needs


Upcoming Events


Fri 1/21, 3:30PM in Room 125, Georgia Karagiorgi, In Search of New Physics with MicroBooNE

Other Events:

Wed 1/19, 4:00PM in Zoom, John DeBrota, Applied QBism and its Potential

Thu 1/20, 3:00PM in PAIS-3205, Kylar Greene, Candidacy Exam: Variation of Fundamental Constants, the Dark Sector, and H_0 (NOTE SPECIAL TIME)


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

The Physics &
		    	   	                   Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

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


Research Experience for Undergrads

REU 2018 program participants
      	                   sitting on the edge at the top of Sandia Mountain

Make Your Summer Count!

Get real research experience with a fun group of your peers. Apply now.


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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