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Physics Research Guide - Web Sites

Preprint Servers

The rapid advance of physical research requires quick dissemination of findings. The following are sites for physics E-Prints (electronic preprints).

  • mp_arc (Mathematical Physics Preprint Archive) An electronic archive for research papers in mathematical physics and related areas.
  • (via Cornell University) An e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology. The contents of arXiv conform to Cornell University academic standards. Partially funded by the National Science Foundation
  • CDS (CERN Document Server) Over 650,000 bibliographic records, including 320,000 fulltext documents, of interest to people working in particle physics and related areas. Covers preprints, articles, books, journals, and photographs.
  • SPIRES HEP Database (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) Search more than 500,000 high-energy physics related articles, including journal papers, preprints, e-prints, technical reports, conference papers and theses, comprehensively indexed by the SLAC and DESY libraries since 1974.
  • Virtual Technical Reports Center This site contains links to technical reports, preprints, reprints, dissertations, theses, and research reports of all kinds. The Institutions listed here provide either full-text reports, or searchable extended abstracts of their technical reports on the World Wide Web.

General Physics Web Sites

  • Physics World Produced by the Institute of Physics, this site includes web resources, current news from the physics world, international job postings and events.
  • Physlink This commercial site provides access to some of the latest physics and astronomy news stories. It includes an 'ask the experts' board, virtual reference sources, physical data tables, job listings and university department directories.
  • Physical Review Focus This site provides selections from the 'Physical Review' and 'Physical Review Letters' explained for students and researchers in all fields of physics. Quick and advanced search-features, email alerts, an archive of past articles and an image index are also available. The site is maintained by the American Physical Society.
  • Physnet A worldwide network of physics departments and documents, this site's aim is to provide a longterm stable and distributed information service for physicists with the collaboration of many international societies and physics organizations. Allows searching by geographical region.
  • Net Advance of Physics This site collects review articles, physics tutorials, and reference materials on many aspects pf physics. It presents the material in an encyclopedic format, and the site is maintained by a professor from the Massachusets Institute of Technology.

Specialized Physics Web Sites


Particle Physics


  • Online Particle Physics Information SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) has organized various online catalogs, databases, directories, and websites that are of value to the particle physics community.
  • SLAC Library Provides information services to support research in high-energy and particle physics, particle accelerator theory, design and construction and synchrotron radiation-based accelerator theory, design, and instrumentation.
  • Particle Data Group An international collaboration that reviews particle physics and related areas of astrophysics, and compiles/analyzes data on particle properties.


High Energy Physics


  • Office of High Energy Physics (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Contains information about programs, laboratories, and universities funded by DOE-HEP.
  • American Nuclear Society Provides information on nuclear science and technology (nuclear medicine, nuclear energy, food irradiation, and nuclear techniques used in manufacturing and processing industries).
  • HEPIC (High Energy Physics Information Center) An information server that catalogs various HEP Resources throughout the world with the goal of supporting research. Supported by the Fermilab Computing Division.


Plasma Physics


  • Coalition for Plasma Science A group of institutions, organizations, and companies joining forces to increase awareness and understanding of plasma science and its many applications and benefits for society.
  • Plasma on the Internet The 'Plasma-Gate' provides lists of plasma information servers worldwide, organized geographically. Maintained by the WIS Institute.




  • STScI Astronomy Resources NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute offers resources such as star catalogs, meetings and publication lists, photo galleries, educational activities, and software downloads.
  • SpaceRef Includes U.S., EU, and Asian space news, briefs, and photos. A reference site that also has a directory of space-related Web sites.
  • PubSpace NASA funded research in PubMed Central.
  • Astrophysics Data System (ADS) Searchable interface for three databases that cover astronomy, astrophysics, physics and arXiv content




  • CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) Provides state-of-the-art scientific facilities for researchers to use. It has 3,000 employees and more than 6,500 researchers from around the world that use the facility. Their Web site has a great deal of information on the research being conducted at the laboratory.
  • Fermilab (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) Center for research exploring the fundamental nature of matter and energy. Site includes a cybertour of Fermilab with information on high-energy physics and the research done at the laboratory.
  • SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) The site has a virtual Visitor's Center page with an introduction to SLAC, and a lot of information for the general public.


Professional Societies


  • AIP (American Institute of Physics) Founded in 1931, it currently has ten member societies, including the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association of Physics Teachers.
  • IOP (Institute of Physics) Based in Britain, it has more than 26,000 members worldwide and publishes 34 journals in physics and related areas. The table of contents of these journals are available to the public from this site.




  • SpectroscopyNOW A free online resource serving the spectroscopy community. Features articles, discussion groups, and subsections covering the major aspects of the field.

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