subject description and guidelines
Physics is traditionally defined as the study of matter, energy, and the relation between them. Its discoveries find applications throughout the sciences, since matter and energy are the basic constituents of the natural world. Basic research is divided between atomic and solid state physics, and elementary particle physics. Each of these major branches has a theoretical and an experimental approach. Current strengths are condensed matter, biophysics, astrophysics, elementary physics and accelerator physics. Collaboration is active across the sciences including: applied and engineering physics, applied mathematics, astronomy and space sciences, chemistry and chemical biology, materials science and engineering, and molecular biology and genetics.
This is primarily an electronic collection to support the increasingly online workflows and information requirements of researchers. The focus is on full access to the published literature in electronic format. The physical sciences collection includes several enhanced interfaces with features essential to physical sciences research. Astronomical data sources are generally openly available through such initiatives as the National Virtual Observatory. Significant effort through the Cornell Library is also focused on acquiring electronic access to older literature to enhance access and use.