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Subject Policy Statement - PHYSICS


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seek to support research and teaching in the Physics Department. The Collection supports the needs of the educational programmes from broadening courses to undergraduate and the postgraduate levels leading to the BSc, MSc, and the research-based MPhil and PhD degrees.

Areas include: Astrophysics, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Cosmology, Dynamics, Electromagnetism and Electronics, Financial Physics, Geophysics, High Energy Physics, Interferometry, Kinematics, Laser, Meteorology, Nanotechnology, Optics, Plasma Physics, Quantum Physics, Radiation Physics and Relativity, Semiconductivity and Superconductivity, Solid State Physics, Thermodynamics and Thin Film Physics, Ultrasonics, Vacuum Technology, and Zenography.

Research Focus
The Department is active in research and development in a variety of areas including Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Cosmic-ray and Particle Physics, Health Physics and Environmental Radioactivity, Optical Properties of Semiconductor Nanostructures, Optoelectronics and Nanomaterials, Positron Annihilation and Semiconductor Physics, Quantum Computing and Information Theory, Surface science and Thin film studies.

Multi-disciplinary treatment of subjects
They are usually courses that are concerned with: Computational physics, Materials science and Nanotechnology.

User Groups
Primary user are faculty members, undergraduates and postgraduates major in the subject. It also serves users from other Departments who work in collaboration and/or have study interests related to the subject e.g. Computer Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Statistics & Actuarial Sciences and Business & Finance.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See Classed Analysis)

Overall, the Libraries' existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for the subject areas are at the Research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: Extensive variety of formats are collected. We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools, scholarly series, periodicals, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, and videocassettes extensively; textbooks and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations), selectively.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications extensively, and earlier materials selectively.
  3. Chronological Focus: Contemporary. No limit to coverage in terms of intellectual content but emphasis is on collecting most recent materials.
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English language materials extensively and non-English language materials selectively, with translations into English are preferred.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect extensively materials from North American, European and United Kingdom and other materials selectively.