Physics

Overview

The collection’s primary function is to support research and teaching programs in the Physics Department. The collection also supports research conducted by graduate students, faculty, and research scientists in the Sloane Physics Laboratory, Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory, and the J.W. Gibbs Laboratory, and extends into chemistry, engineering, life sciences, and social sciences.

Departments/disciplines/programs/subject areas supported

Departments and Programs

  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Astronomy
  • Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory (WNSL)
  • Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (YCAA)
  • Department of Geology & Geophysics

Disciplines

  • Astrophysics
  • Atomic physics
  • Beam physics
  • Biophysics
  • Experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Experimental and theoretical nuclear physics
  • Experimental particle physics
  • Gravitational physics
  • High-energy theory and cosmology
  • Quantum electronics
  • Quantum information physics (CQuIP)

The departments offer graduate and undergraduate degrees and have active faculty researchers.

Formats collected

Formats and materials acquired generally

Electronic format is preferred for Yale University Library holdings unless otherwise noted.

  • Journals
  • Monographs (academic and trade press preferred)
  • Reference data, handbooks, dictionaries, and other material

Formats and materials collected selectively or by request

  • Audiovisual materials
  • Non-reference data (collected in conjunction with Science and Social Science Data Librarians and other selectors as appropriate; includes online databases and data that may be housed on a local server)
  • Microform
  • Non-Yale theses and dissertations (gifts evaluated and acquired occasionally)
  • Conference proceedings (selectively)
  • Textbooks (generally excluded unless by faculty request or selector decision)

Materials not collected

  • Ephemera
  • Government documents
  • Hardware and software manuals
  • Instructor’s materials
  • Juvenile works
  • Manuscripts
  • Pamphlets
  • Preprints (non-arXiv)

Languages collected

English-language materials are preferred. Other languages are collected in collaboration with International Collections librarians and by patron request.

Chronological and geographical focus

Current materials are emphasized.

Physics materials are collected from all geographic extents, with a focus on current theory and experiments.

Collaborations within Yale

  • Science and Social Science Data Librarians and Subject Specialists
  • Astronomy Department Library Faculty Representative
  • International Collections and Research Services 
  • Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
  • Bass Library 

External collaborations

Cornell University arXiv (support commitment)

Subject Librarian

Kayleigh Bohemier