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  • Nov 25: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 18: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 17: Martin Luther King Day
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  • May 14: Spring Semester ends
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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.

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News from the Chair

Friday Evening Idea: Stargaze at the UNM Observatory
Fall Semester

Curious about the night sky? Join the Physics and Astronomy Department at our Friday night public viewing sessions, 8-10 pm weather permitting. Parking is free but limited, so show up early.

See the informative UNM Newsroom article and check the Campus Observatory webpage to see if the facility will be open this Friday.

News from the Chair

Roy Awarded NSF Grants To Study Effects Of Magma On Continental Plates

Regents' Lecturer and Associate Professor Mousumi Roy was recently awarded two National Science Foundation grants for her work examining how the movement of magma affects continental plates. One of her proposals was developed with seed funding from a 2020 Women in STEM Award from Advance at UNM.

Read the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

CQuIC awarded $3 million from NSF to expand New Mexico's standing as a QIS national hub

Thanks to a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Center for Quantum Information and Control will be spearheading an effort that will lead to new advances in Quantum Information Science and new educational opportunities for the next generation of scientists.

CQuIC will enhance the development of early-career scientists with a new interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship team that will have broad expertise in physics, computer science, electrical engineering, and chemistry. Additionally, the hub will include partners at Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Honeywell Quantum Solutions to help build a diverse and inclusive next-generation QIS workforce.

Read more about this dramatic development in the August 9 article from the UNM Newsroom.

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

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 positions in Quantum Information in the Center for Quantum Information and Control.

Postdoctoral fellow position in High Performance Computing with the Long Wavelength Array and BiFrost For best consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 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 9/17, 3:30PM in Zoom, Norman Yao, Quantum and Classical Time Crystals

Other Events:

Fri 9/17, 2:00PM in PAIS-1160, Anupam Mitra (UNM), Introduction to computer algebra in Python with sympy

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 &
		    	   	                   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. Find out how.


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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