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  • Jun 6: Summer Semester begins
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  • Jul 30: Summer Semester ends
  • Aug 22: Fall Semester begins
  • Sep 5: Labor Day
  • Oct 13–Oct 14: Fall Break
  • Nov 24: Thanksgiving

Chair: Richard Rand

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News from the Chair

Easwar Anand Narayanan has been awarded the Chateaubriand Fellowship

Chateaubriand Fellowship

Easwar Narayanan
Easwar Narayanan

UNM Physics graduate student Easwar Anand Narayanan has been awarded the Chateaubriand Fellowship to participate in a research program offered by the Embassy of France.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship grant supports outstanding PhD students from U.S. institutions who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in France

Easwar will relocate for 9 months to the Irene-Joliot Curie Laboratory in Paris where he will develop new detectors for operation at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. These detectors will be used to search for new physical processes that may transform our understanding of elementary particles, the building blocks of nature.

Easwar was also selected for the Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award last year.

Congratulations, Easwar!

Research Highlights

Ghostly 'mirror world' might be cause of cosmic controversy

Solving the Hubble Constant problem
An artist's rendition of the COBE Satellite. Credit: Matthew Verdolivo, UC, Davis

Francis-Yan Cyr-RacineNew research led by Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, suggests an unseen 'mirror world' of particles that interacts with our world only via gravity.

This theory might be the key to solving a major puzzle in cosmology today -- predictions about the rate of expansion of the universe that don't quite match our most precise local measurements.

See the article in the UNM Newsroom here.

News from the Chair

2022 Convocation
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Convocation 2022

The Physics and Astronomy Department celebrated the first in-person Convocation in two years, and the first at the PAÍS building.

Our convocation speaker was David L. Hayes, who received a BS Physics in 2005 and MS Physics in 2007 from UNM. David is now at Honeywell Quantum Solutions where he is the technical manager for the theory and architecture team which is working on a trapped-ion quantum computer. See the talk here.

News from the Chair

P&A Welcomes Three New Staff Members

Three New Staff Members

We recently welcomed three new members of the department staff!

Anca-Monia Constantinescu is settling in as our new Advanced Lab Coordinator. She has a wealth of experience with all kinds of lab equipment and is ready to help our education mission.

Lisa-Marie Johnson is our new Accountant. With over 26 years of accounting experience, Lisa Marie has been with UNM for seven years, previously with the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology department and the Student Financial Aid Office. She is excited to be join P&A and is getting familiar with our staff and faculty.

Our new Journeyman Prototype Machinist, Joseph Reichert, comes to us with many years of experience from Los Alamos National Laboratory. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1978 from UNM School of Law and graduated with a BA in History/Philosophy from Tulane University.

News from the Chair

Physics Day 2022

Physics Day 2022

On Saturday we held our first Physics Day in three years, and it was a great success. Congratulations to the winners of the best oral presentation award, Will Crockett and Graham Byrd, and the best poster award, Emilio Perez De Juan!

News from the Chair

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

Postdoctoral fellow position in High Performance Computing for the Long Wavelength Array. You will work with C++/CUDA/Python in developing and testing the streaming framework for data processing.


Upcoming Events


Fri 10/14, 3:30PM in Via Zoom. Please take the Satisfaction Survey, , Fall Break: No Colloquium

Other Events:

Thu 6/2, 3:30PM in PAIS-2540, Roeland Wiersema PhD student University of Waterloo and Vector Institute, Optimizing quantum circuits with Riemannian gradient flow

Fri 10/14, 9:00AM in PAIS-1100, American Physical Society, Four Corners Meeting of the American Physical Society


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!

A 10 week internship program in Albuquerque, NM


Interactive Astronomy Apps

Javascript apps

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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