Physics & Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy
Interstellar mapping and acceleration probe mission

Explore the Department of physics & Astronomy

The UNH Department of Physics & Astronomy has about 22 teaching faculty, 25 research faculty and research scientists, 60 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students. It houses state-of-the-art educational and laboratory facilities and is engaged in world-class research in a number of areas. The affiliated UNH Observatory is open to the public.


  • Engineering Physics student Alec Mercer Headshot
    Finding the Intersection between Engineering and Entrepreneurship.
    Alec Mercer is a Engineering Physics & Sustainability dual major. Read Alec's article in the 5 Things I Learned blog series to see how the ECenter helped shape his UNH experience. 
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  • Olaiya A. Olokunboyo
    Ph.D. Student Hopes to Establish the Connection Between Interlayer Alignment and Electronic State
    Olaiya Olokunboyo is a Ph.D. student studying condensed matter physics. His hometown is in Ayila, Ogunwaterside in Ogun State, Nigeria and he received a bachelor’s in physics from the University of Ibadan in Oyo State, Nigeria. …
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  • Tan_Dao
    UNH Alum Wins Prestigious Graduate Fellowship
    Tan Dao, a 2021 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, was recently awarded The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a merit-based graduate school program for immigrants and children of immigrants. Selected from nearly 2,000 applicants, the 30 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows are chosen for their achievements and their potential to make…
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  • Shawna_Hollen
    Hollen receives $350,000 NSF Grant to create new two-dimensional materials
    Shawna Hollen, an associate professor in the department of physics and astronomy, was recently awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create and study new two-dimensional materials that could produce a breakthrough in memory and computing technologies.
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  • Schwadron
    Schwadron elected American Geophysical Union Fellow
    UNH faculty member Nathan Schwadron has been elected to the 2022 Class of Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) — a prestigious international award that honors exceptional scientific contributions to Earth and space sciences.
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UNH Observatory


First and third Saturday of every month:

  • 8-10 pm from mid-October through March
  • 9-11 pm from April through mid- October

Makes a great family outing!

Free Public Sessions

Physics Help Center

PHYS 401/402/407/408 students:

Drop by the Physics Help Center in DeMeritt 238, where you can work on your homework problems and get help if you get stuck. No appointment required.

The help center will open January 29, and the last day will be May 6th.

In-person in Demeritt 238

Monday 11 am - 1:00 pm

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Just sign in to or Canvas and then click on this zoom link.


Recent Stories

Illustration of two spheres, in shades of purple and pink, that represent a neutron star as seen from Earth.

Neutron Star Insights Move from Theoretical to Data-Driven

Neutron Star Insights Move from Theoretical to Data-Driven

New research will help determine size, mass of neutron stars throughout the galaxy

Predicting Solar Weather With Machine Learning

Predicting Solar Weather With Machine Learning

Predicting Solar Weather With Machine Learning

Two new grants aim to better understand magnetospheric processes

UNH professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in front of a painting of Black astronomers.

Prescod-Weinstein Honored with Cottrell Scholar Award

Prescod-Weinstein Honored with Cottrell Scholar Award

Award funds dark matter research, new physics course

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  • Toni with Dean Wayne Jones (left) and Associate Dean Chuck Zercher (right)
    Physics research professor Antoinette Galvin receives 2018 UNH Excellence in Research Award

    Toni with Dean Wayne Jones (left) and Associate Dean Chuck Zercher (right).  Congratulations, Toni!

  • Nathan with Dean Wayne Jones
    Physics professor Nathan Schwardron receives 2018 UNH Excellence in Research Award

    Nathan with Dean Wayne Jones (left) during the CEPS faculty meeting.  Congratulations, Nathan!

  • Shawna Hollen
    Prof. Hollen elected to APS DCMP Executive Committee

    Assistant Professor Shawna Hollen has been elected to the executive committee of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics (DCMP) of the American Physical Society.

  • Harlan Spence
    UNH Professor Named American Association for Advancement of Science Fellow

    DURHAM, N.H. - Space plasma physicist Harlan Spence has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Spence, director of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space and professor of physics at the University of New Hampshire, is among the 396 new fellows.

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  • Nasa magnetospheric multiscale mission spacecraft
    Magnetic Reconnection

    UNH contribution to NASA's MMS mission yields explosive new findings. Learn more.

  • DeMeritt Hall
    World-Class Facilities

    UNH Physics is housed in the recently constructed DeMeritt Hall, which features state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.