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Chair: Richard Rand

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News from the Chair

P&A Welcomes New Research Assistant Professor Sheng Liu

Sheng Liu
Sheng Liu is a new Research Assistant Professor in the UNM Physics and Astronomy Department. Dr. Liu will be working with Drs. Keith Lidke and Tonmoy Chakraborty.

Sheng Liu received her BS degree in Optical Information Science and Technology in 2009 from Beijing Jiaotong University, China. She then joined Professor Keith Lidke’s lab in 2010 as a PhD student in the field of super-resolution microscopy. She received her PhD degree in Optical Science and Engineering in 2014. Her PhD thesis work was focused on the development of a phase retrieval algorithm for 3D single-molecule localization microscopy (SMLM).

She joined Dr. Fang Huang’s lab at Purdue University in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Researcher and worked on the instrument and algorithm development of a 4Pi-SMLM system. She then joined Dr. Jonas Ries’ Lab at EMBL Heidelberg in 2020 as a Postdoctoral Researcher and worked on further development of the 4Pi-SMLM system and a commercial MINFLUX system. To date, Dr. Liu has authored over 20 publications.

News from the Chair

Diana Dragomir selected for the 2022 Women in STEM awards

Diana Dragomir wins 2022 STEM award

Dragomir’s project, Planets with Two Suns: Probing the Limits of Planet Formation will explore the puzzle of how planets form.

"Humans have long wondered whether there are planets around other stars (exoplanets), whether any are like Earth, whether life has developed elsewhere," she said. "While over 5,000 exoplanets have been discovered to date, this project takes the quest one step further by enabling a search for planets orbiting pairs of stars -- real-life "Tatooines." Developed in conjunction with a student in my research group, this research will help astronomers better understand how planets form."

Dragomir said she’s looking forward to the discoveries ahead.

"This award will provide much needed support for launching this project, the results from which will help determine the direction in which to grow this research."

For more information, see the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

Job Opportunity at UNM Physics & Astronomy

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

Teaching Lab Supervisor

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

Postdoctoral fellow position in Neutrino Physics Group

Postdoctoral fellow position in low frequency radio telescope operations at the Long Wavelength Array


Upcoming Events


Fri 8/26, 3:30PM in PAIS-1100, Ashutosh Kotwal, The W Boson Mass and the Standard Model of Particle Physics

Other Events:

Thu 8/25, 3:30PM in PAIS-2540, Jongmin Lee (Sandia), Sensing and Computing with Emerging Technologies

Wed 10/19, 7:00AM in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina, Berkeley CA, Victor Albert (NIST) Dave Bacon (Google) Roni Harnik (Fermilab) Megan Ivory (Sandia National ..., 24th Annual SQuInT Workshop


10/14-15, 2022 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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