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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.

Graduate - Physics
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Book Review

Cyr-Racine reviews book by Nobel Prize winner Peebles

Read the review of Cosmology's Century by Nobel Prize-winning cosmologist Jim Peebles by our own Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine for Physics Today magazine.

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.

News from the Chair

Gary Harrison wins Gerald May staff award!

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Gary Harrison
Gary Harrison

Gary Harrison, our Facilities Operations Manager, won the Gerald W. May Outstanding Staff Award. Faculty, staff and students nominated Gary and the President of the University made the final award selection.

Gary will receive a monetary award and a plaque, and his name will be added to the perpetual plaque at Hodgin Hall. The awards are presented at a public ceremony in December.

Congratulations Gary! This is a well-deserved recognition for years of outstanding service to the department.

Read more about the Gerald May award.


Upcoming Events


Fri 3/12, 3:30PM in Via Zoom. Contact the department for password, Maxim Pospelov, Direct detection of Dark Matter – theoretical perspective

Other Events:

Tue 3/9, 1:00PM in Zoom, Seth Bruzewski, Astro Coffee

Tue 3/9, 2:00PM in Zoom, Dr. Kevin Cahill (UNM), Toward a field theory of blobs


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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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