Applied Physics


The collection’s primary function is to support research and teaching programs in the Department of Applied Physics.

Departments/disciplines/programs/subject areas supported

Fields of interest include areas of theoretical and experimental condensed-matter and materials physics, optical and laser physics, quantum engineering, and nanoscale science. Specific programs include surface and interface science, first principles electronic structure methods, photonic materials and devices, complex oxides, magnetic and superconducting artificially engineered systems, quantum computing and superconducting device research, quantum transport and nanotube physics, quantum optics, and random lasers.

The department offers B.S., M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D. degrees.


Applied physics selection within supported subject areas is maintained at the research level for graduate study. The research level is defined as where independent research with the published sources can be pursued.

Because of the importance of the journal literature to research in applied physics, serial subscriptions are given collection priority. Online databases and reference works are preferred over print. Monographs are purchased selectively in print or electronic format based on relevance to departmental teaching and research, reviews, user requests and faculty authors.

Formats collected

Formats and materials acquired generally

Research periodicals and scholarly monographs from academic, trade, and professional society publishers are preferred. Reference works include indexing and abstracting databases, handbooks, and encyclopedias. Electronic versions are preferred when available.

Formats and materials collected selectively or by request:

  • Conference proceedings are purchased selectively.
  • Audiovisual material and technical reports are generally purchased only on request.
  • Textbooks are generally excluded unless requested by faculty.

Formats not collected:

  • Ephemera
  • Instructor’s manuals
  • Hardware and software manuals
  • Juvenile works
  • Pamphlets
  • Preprints
  • Manuscripts
  • Microform

Languages collected

Materials collected are in English.

Chronological and geographical focus

Current materials are emphasized.

No geographic areas are excluded.

Collaborations within Yale

Communication occurs with the librarian for physics.

Works placed on course reserve are collected by Bass Library, along with books for which high use is anticipated.

Subject Librarian

Andrew Shimp
Engineering and Applied Science Librarian
(203) 432-7460