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Physics and Astronomy


The Physics and Astronomy Department, part of the College of Natural Sciences, conducts research in the following areas:

The department offers an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Physics and graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Physics or Astronomy:

Most of the graduate students pursuing degrees in Astronomy are associated with the Institute for Astronomy, a prestigious research center of UH Manoa (M.S. or Ph.D in astronomy) located off of the main campus on Woodlawn Drive.

Ongoing major research projects in the Physics and Astronomy Department include:

Students located in the Geology and Geophysics and those working affiliated with the Hawaii Institute for Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP), also research topics in astronomy, focusing on the questions about the origin and evolution of the solar system. All three organizations, IfA, HIGP, and the Physics and Astronomy Department have collaborative research projects and faculty may have joint appointments.

The research programs located at the Institute for Astronomy include:

Research within the HIGP related to physics or astronomy includes:

There is also an educational Web journal, the Planetary Science Research Discoveries at


The collection to support the Physics and Astronomy programs is distributed across a range of disciplines. Some duplicate materials are housed at the Institute for Astronomy Library and the selector for astronomy confers with the IfA librarian to ensure that the research needs of that institute are supported. Theses and dissertations by Physics and Astronomy graduate students are added to the Hawaiian collection and dissertations are also available online as PDFs from the database Dissertations and Theses, a ProQuest product. Because of the research in astrobiology and planetology, there is coordination with the biology and geology collections in selecting materials for these areas, as well as with maps and government documents.


Language: Primarily English; foreign language materials are generally not currently collected in these areas, though the collection holds non-English materials that are part of the core literature.

Chronological: No limitations.

Geographic: No limitations.

Date of Publication: No limitations.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: Scholarly journals are of primary importance. Where available and financially feasible, Web access is preferred for journal subscriptions. Web-accessible journal article databases, including back files, are acquired as funds permit. Monographs and monographic series on current research are generally collected in print format, but e-book availability is increasing and is the preferred format for handbooks, manuals, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, standards, and other reference sources. Upper level texts, government publications; conference proceedings, industry standards are selectively collected. Audiovisual materials and microforms are purchased only when requested by faculty and funds permit. Excluded are manuscripts, reprints of articles within serials, newsletters and private and company files. The IfA holds the SERC Equatorial Sky Atlas and European Southern Observatory Photographic Atlas of the Northern Sky (Palomar Observatory Sky Survey II).

Electronic Format: See Types and Formats of Materials Collected.

Treatment: Primary sources; reports on scientific experimental results; applications, practices and methods; equipment used in; biographical; historical; reference and bibliographical; statistical and mathematical.


The Science and Technology Department accepts gifts to augment the science and technology collections held by the UH Manoa Library. Books that document scholarly research and textbooks no older than five years that are appropriate to university level courses are accepted. We accept other formats as well with the provision that they must be relevant to the research or instruction mission of UH Manoa. In general, we do not accept popular magazines, short journal runs, materials that duplicate items already in our collections, or materials in poor condition. Gifts of Archival materials that relate to the history of the university should be discussed with the University Archives staff. Gifts of journal titles or books in a Web format (the preferred format for journals) are accepted; discussing such a gift with the subject selector ( is necessary before such a gift can be accepted and integrated into the collection. The subject librarian should be contacted before a gift-in-kind of more than a few items is made to the UH Manoa Library.

When donated items are accepted by the UH Manoa Library they become the possession of the Library. The Library cannot provide monetary appraisals of gifts. The Library reserves the right to make decisions about the disposition of accepted gifts.

Compiled by: Sara Rutter

Date: July 2008

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