News and Colloquium

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Use this page to read about recent news and important events in the NMT Physics Department, and find announcements of upcoming colloquia on a variety of physics topics.


  • Upcoming department seminar by Jorge Moreno of Pomona College "Spatially Resolved Galaxy Interactions", on May 7 at 11 am.  More details below.
  • The New Mexico Tech Physics Department has been ranked 39th by College Factual out of 263 schools for Physics! Read more about it here. 
  • Congratulations to our Physics graduates!  Not everyone will be able to attend graduation in person this year so please tune in at 5 pm today while we toast this year's class.  Grab your favorite drink and join us (it does not have to be beer.... but we can look at a beer spectrum if anyone is interested)  Funny hats or other celebratory accessories are encouraged but not required. Join zoom meeting here:  

Department Colloquium 

Speaker: Jorge Moreno   
Affiliation: Pomona College
Title: Spatially Resolved Galaxy Interactions

The focus of this talk is to address the spatial structure and evolution of star formation and the interstellar medium (ISM) in interacting galaxies. We use an extensive suite of parsec-scale galaxy merger simulations, which employs the "Feedback In Realistic Environments" model (FIRE). This framework resolves star formation, feedback processes, and the multi-phase structure of the ISM. We find that close encounters augment molecular gas and star formation in the centre of galaxies, and suppress these budgets at large galactocentric radii. We also find that nuclear enhanced star formation is primarily driven by the increased presence of molecular gas fuel, but the most intense starbursts are driven by star-formation efficiency.  Our numerical predictions underscore the need of substantially larger, and/or merger-dedicated, spatially-resolved (integral-field spectroscopic) galaxy surveys -- capable of examining vast and diverse samples of interacting systems -- coupled with multi-wavelength campaigns aimed to capture their internal ISM structure. Lastly, if time allows, I will also speak of dark matter free dwarf galaxies in FIREBox, a cosmological simulation of galaxy formation with FIRE.

Time: Friday 5/7, 11:00am Mountain Daylight Time

Venue: Zoom

Topic: Spring 2021 - PHYS-579-01D-Colloquium Link

Register in advance for the entire colloquium series at: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Reminders will automatically be sent out via Zoom prior to each scheduled colloquium.

Click here for the Spring 2021 colloquium schedule.