Physics & Astronomy

UNH Physics Community

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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.

UNH Observatory


First and third Saturday of every month:

  • 8-10 pm from September through March
  • 9-11 pm from April through August

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.

In-person in Demeritt 238

Monday 1 pm - 2 pm
Wednesday 2 pm - 5 pm
Friday 2 pm - 4 pm
  • 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.

    Learn more

  • 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.

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