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Updated: 2017-04-24T15:40:11.351-10:00's new subject area : Applied Physics


April 20th - is accepting article submissions in "Applied Physics" 

Description of Applied Physics [] subject areas :

Applications of physics to new technology, including : electronic devices, optics, photonics, microwaves, spintronics, advanced materials, metamaterials, nanotechnology, and energy sciences.

To receive regular, daily e-mail notices of new abstract submissions for, please see subscription instructions.

2017 launch of new publication: Nature Astronomy



New Books and e-Resources at the IfA Library as of 21 November 2016


Astronomy's limitless journey : a guide to understanding the universe.Hasinger, Gunther.Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press. QB 981 .H35613 [c.1 Manoa; c.2 Hilo; e-Resource]  The cosmic web : mysterious architecture of the Universe.Gott, J. Richard.Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press.QB 35 .G68 2016 The expanding universe : a primer on relativistic cosmology.Heacox, William D.Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. QB 991 .E94 H43 2015   [c.1 Manoa; c.2 Hilo] Na inoa hoku : Hawaiian and Pacific star names. Johnson, Rubellite Kawena; Mahelona, John Kaipo; Ruggles, C.L.N.Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press. QB 802 .J64 2015 [c.1 Manoa; c.2 Hilo]   Stars over Hawaii.Bryan, E. H.Hilo, Hawaii : Petroglyph Press.QB 65 .B792 2015 [c.1 Manoa; c.2 Hilo] Surveying the skies : how astronomers map the universe.Wynn-Williams, C. G.Switzerland : Springer.QB 44.3 .W966 2016[...]

New Books & e-Resources at the IfA Manoa Library as of March 31st 2016


Advanced Lectures on the Starburst-AGN Connection.:Tonantzintla, Puebla, Mexico, June 26-30, 2000.  Aretxaga, Itziar, Kunth, D., and Mujica, Raul [editors].Singapore ; River Edge, NJ : World Scientific.QB  858.3 A38  2000Apparent places of fundamental stars 2016.International Astronomical Union.Reference  QB 9 .I5  2016Asteroids IV.Michel, Patrick, DeMeo, Francesca E., & Bottke, William F. [editors].University of Arizona space science series.QB  651 A857  2015  [c.1  Manoa; c.2  Reference; c.3  Hilo]The Astronomical Almanac 2017.United States Naval Observatory.Washington : U.S. G.P.O. ; London : H.M.S.O.Reference  QB 8 .U3 A5  2017Astronomical phenomena for the year 2018.U.S. Naval Observatory Nautical Almanac Office.Reference  QB 8 .U3 .A5 .IA3  2018Astronomy's limitless journey: a guide to understanding the universe.Hasinger, Gunther.QB  981 H35613 2015 and Full Text e-Resource.Comets among the asteroids icy bodies in the inner solar system.Hsieh, Henry H.Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Hawaii at Manoa; 2007.Full Text e-Resource.Extended emission-line regions: remnants of quasar superwinds?Fu, Hai.Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Hawaii at Manoa; 2008.Full Text  e-Resource.Galileo's Medicean moons: their impact on 400 years of discovery. Barbieri, Cesare.IAU symposium and colloquium proceedings series ; 269.QB  1 I58 no. 269  2010  and Full Text e-Resource.High-energy astrophysics.Melia, Fulvio.Princeton series in astrophysics.QB  464 .M45  2009Hot wiring the transient universe: infrastructure for rapid-response astronomy.Williams, Roy, Bunn, Sarah Emery, and Seaman, Rob [editors].QB 51.3 .E43 .H68 2010 and Full Text e-Resource.Introduction to modeling convection in planets and stars: magnetic field density stratification, rotation.Glatzmaier, Gary A.Princeton series in astrophysics.QB  462.3 G53  2014  and  Full Text e-Resource.Stellar spectropolarimetry with HiVIS: Herbig Ae/Be stars, circumstellar environmentals and optical pumping.Harrington, David M.Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Hawaii at Manoa; 2008.Full Text e-Resource.UHPA-BOR Contract.2015-2017 agreement between the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly and the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii.Full Text  e-Resource .A weak-gravitational lensing analysis of massive galaxy clusters at 0.3 [Z [0.7.Donovan, David A. K.Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Hawaii at Manoa; 2007.Full Text e-Resource.[...]

What happened to the CBAT? Here's some options.


Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT)Publisher of  :  IAU Circulars also called IAU Telegramsor CBETs [Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams] CBAT subscribers (primarily the astronomy library community and researchers) have encountered and reported apparently ongoing subscription and service-related issues as far back as August 2014.Key problems reported:sporadic or no content accessinability to begin or renew subscriptionsdifficulty reaching and receiving timely assistance and supportlack of clarity regarding who to actually contact for supportlack of resolution or improvement from the IAU Commission 6, under which CBAT operatesSummarized from : The PAM Bulletin, Article 9 of 10, Vol. 43 No. 3, 17 Feb. 2016.Note from CBAT : "Official citing should always be to the printed IAUCs, not the electronic versions." Links to other options:The Astronomer's Telegram [free]Latest Supernovae [free]IAUC Archives [subscription service for IfA researchers only] 50 Most Recent CBETs [free] CBET Archives [subscription service for IfA researchers only]Simplified ADS form for searching IAUCs only [free] [via NASA Astrophysics Data System][...]

New Books at IfA Manoa and Theses - New Catalog Links: for October 2015


Black Holes : An Introduction.Raine, Derek J. and Thomas, E. G.QB 843 B55 R35 2005Graduate Programs. Physics, Astronomy, and Related Fields.American Institute of Physics.Reference QC 30 .A522a 2015Highlights of Astronomy.International Astronomical Union.; IAU.Dordrecht, D. ReidelQB 1 I59  Vol 16 Observer's Handbook 2016.Kelly, Patrick [editor]Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Seeing Clearly : The Impact of Atmospheric Turbulence on the Propagation of Extraterrestrial Radiation.Businger, S. and Cherubini, T. [editors].QC 484 B221 2011 The Thirteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Astrophysics, and Relativistic Field Theories : proceedings of the MG13 Meeting on General Relativity, Stockholm University, Sweden, 1-7 July 2012. : Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity.Rosquist, Kjell, Jantzen, Robert T., and Ruffini, Remo [editor/s]. QC 173.6 M37 2012 Part A QC 173.6 M37 2012 Part B QC 173.6 M37 2012 Part C Theses - New Links in the Library Catalog (LIBCAT) Submillimeter Constraints on the Evolution of Circumstellar Disks. Andrews, Sean M.August 2007Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. Structure and Energy Transport of the Solar Convection Zone.Armstrong, James D.December 2004 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. The Assembly of Massive Galaxy Clusters : A Joint X-ray - Optical Study. Barrett, Elizabeth.August 2006 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii.Pre-biotic Molecules in the Hot Corinos of Solar-type Protostars.Bottinelli, Sandrine.December 2006 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. The Evolution of the Multiplicity of Young Stellar Objects.Connelley, Michael S.August 2007 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. The Evolution of Young Clusters.Dahm, Scott E.August 2005 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. [...]


Find e-Journals Search LinkFull text access viaUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa LibraryASTRONOMY[from 1992]     Full text available viaEBSCOhost Academic Search Complete   DISCOVER[from 2001]     Full text available viaEBSCOhost Academic Search Complete NEW SCIENTIST[from 1956 until (and including) 1989]  Full text available via     Free E-Journals[from 2002]     Full text available viaEBSCOhost Academic Search CompletSKY and TELESCOPE[from 1994]     Full text available via EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete[...]

How to Connect to a Full Text UHM eJournal Article from an ADS Citation


Set Up an ADS AccountSelect “University of Hawaii”as the Library Link ServerSIGN IN — upper right-hand corner of any ADS screenACCOUNT SETUPAccount PreferencesLIBRARY LINKS SETTINGSLIBRARY LINK SERVERSelect “University of Hawaii” from the drop-down menuSave settingsThe Library Links appear in citations only when you are signed in to your ADS account, i.e., when your email address is displayed in the upper right-hand corner of any ADS screenHave your UH Login Username/password [] ready to login to the UHM Electronic Resources page    >>   From the ADS Citation Click on the L-Link [Library Link]:A   E   F   L   X   D   R   C   S   O Or:  Open the citation and click on the Find it icon>>   To the UHM Article    The Library Link takes you to:A list of formats and resources available Select “Full text available via (publisher's name)“ Login on the Electronic Resources pageMNRAS example:Full text available via  Oxford University Press JournalsThis particular link takes you to the MNRAS publisher's website and to the specific article you selected in ADS with formats to choose that should look like these: Full Text [HTML] Free Full Text [PDF] FreeLinks:  eJournal Links List, IfA Library Webpage Find e-Journals search page, UHM Library Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, problems, or comments. [...]

New Books at IFA Manoa: January 2015


Foundations of Astrophysics.Ryden, Barbara S, and Peterson, Bradley M.QB 461 R887 2010Observing Photons in Space.Edited by Huber, M, et al.(International Space Science Institute).ISSI scientific report, SR-009.QC 793.5 P42 O27 2010Physics and Chemistry of Circumstellar Dust Shells. Gail, Hans-Peter and Sedlmayr, Erwin.Cambridge Astrophysics Series : 52. QB 792 G35 2014[...]

Try this: Easer access to full text of journal articles.


IfA researchers returning from other venues have remarked that getting from the ADS citation to the full text of an article is easier elsewhere.  At the Astrocoffee session I gave last month, complaints about this situation were voiced.  Well, perhaps relief is at hand.

UHM Hamilton Library has developed a page of instructions to facilitate access to the full text  from various combinations of operating systems and web browsers. See:
Accessing Resources from Outside the Library

I've reset the Firefox preferences on my Mac.  When I launch an ADS search, I'm immediately prompted to sign on with my name & password (not, @gmail, etc.).  In the ADS search results, I can click on the E or F links to reach the full text.  I don't have to follow the L link through the UHM Library web site to get the item!  I haven't tested it enough to find gaps. 

Try these options! 
Let me know if you experience access improvement, or find gaps and glitches.

Grads Register for eJournal Access


For electronic access to journal articles, you must register with Hamilton Library. Once registered, you can access electronic journals from your office and remote locations by logging in using your UH campus email account username [] and password. 

You will need your UH number.  Your UH number can be obtained from Deb Hew-Harano, IfA Personnel.)

Register online by completing the online registration form.

Most requests will be processed in 2-4 business days, including verification of enrollment and/or University affiliation.
    • Select Manoa as your campus, regardless of which island you are on.

    • Put your UH number in BOTH boxes: 1) the "UH Number (required)" box, AND; 2) the "ID Barcode (required)" box.

    • For “Status (required)”: from drop down menu select ‘Graduate’
 If you experience any difficulties with this process, please contact Kathleen Robertson,
IfA Librarian [956-8907;]

See the videos: Sprites, Asteroids & ISON



Noble 2013 Physics - for theory of the Higgs boson


François Englert and Peter W. Higgs have been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 for the theory of how particles acquire mass.

More information at the Noble Prize site.

Noble Physics announcement soon


The 2013 Noble prize in physics will be announced tomorrow.

While you are waiting with bated breath, here are some

fun facts about past Noble Physics prizes




Nuovo cimento



2013: " It's deja vu all over again"


To quote Yogi Berra!

Just like March 2012, this year the UH Manoa Libraries will be closed over Spring Break.
The 2013 Spring Recess dates are March 25-29.

The electronic access to journals and e-books will not be disrupted.

If you experience problems accessing online materials, let me know.  I'll be away for part of the Break, but will provide document delivery of needed materials as soon as possible.

Spring Break: March 26-30, 2012


I'm taking vacation during Spring Break.

UH Libraries will be closed during these dates, including services like Interlibrary Loans.

However, online access to electronic journals and books will not be interrupted.

If you encounter a pay wall while seeking an article, or want an item that is not accessable, send me the citation and I'll get it for you as soon as possible.

Top space photos of 2011


Annually, Phil Plait, of the Bad Astronomy blog, selects a group of the top space photos taken that year. It started as a "Best 10" list, But, in 2010, the list contained 14 images. This year, there are 16 images. Each is exquisite! Enjoy!

Climate Change From The Sun - Solar astronomy in Hawaii


Jeff Kuhn, an astronomer at Institute for Astronomy Hilo,
was interviewed yesterday by Justin Fujioka, KITV4 Weather Meteorologist. Jeff gave a nice overview of solar research on Haleakala:

Climate Change From The Sun - Honolulu News Story - KITV Honolulu

ADS account-you need this!


ADS is a powerful search engine for astronomy research. And, having an ADS account with ‘University of Hawaii’ designated as your 'Library Links Settings,' will provide ‘L-links’ and Find-it buttons for speedy access to the full text of articles. No more ‘pay to view’ screens!

Do you have an ADS account? When you look at an ADS screen, do you see your email address in the upper right hand corner? If NO, click on the 'Sign on' link & follow the online instructions. It’s free and nearly painless. If YES, click on the 'my Account' link to see the options.

Within your account preferences, look for 'Library Links Settings' and CLICK ON THAT. From the drop down menu on the 'Library Links Settings' screen, select University of Hawaii & then click 'save settings'.

The next time you search ADS, you’ll see the L-links on the query results between the A [Abstract] and X [arXiv] links. A 'Find it' button shows on each citation's abstract screen. Either will take you to the UHM Hamilton login screen. Login and continue. You may then be taken to the journal's page & the PDF and HTML links will work without further delay. Or you may see a Hamilton screen that shows the citation & states UH does have access: click on the term 'article' or 'journal' to reach the PDF download. If the Hamilton screen states that UH does not have access, just send me the citation & I'll get the article for you. [You can follow the link to their interlibrary loan page & place a request yourself, if you're keen.]

If you have any trouble with initializing the ADS account or setting the Library Links value or don't see the 'L-links' & 'Find it' buttons thereafter, or run into any other difficulties, please let me know.

Excellent rant on journal pricing


George Monbiot of The Guardian has written an excellent article on the price of academic journals and the profit margins of the major publishers. His column "Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist" reviews the current status of scholarly publishing. As I contemplate the costs of the journal renewals for 2012, I wonder if researchers understand the economics of the journals disseminating their writings. This article provides an accurate summary. Within the last few years, the Meteoritical Society moved their journal METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE to Wiley. The 2002-2009 issues are available through the University of Arizona Institutional Repository (UAiR). When will the public be able to view the 2010 issues? The research reported is supported by tax payers, but they better have their credit cards ready if they want to see current items.

Elsevier July 2011 earnings report


Wish I'd bought Elsevier Stock & gold!
Icarus, Astroparticle Physics, Chinese Astronomy and Astrophysics, Infrared Physics & Technology, New Astronomy and Optik are among the Elsevier titles UHM purchases as part of the ScienceDirect package.

Reed Elsevier improves as margins grow | 28 July 2011 | Stock Market Wire

"Educational publisher Reed Elsevier said it enjoyed first half underlying growth...
Adjusted operating margin was up 1.3% pts at 26.6% and there was a return to growth in adjusted earnings per share of 5%.

Adjusted operating profit was ...up 2%...
Total costs were reduced by 2%
Adjusted profit before tax was... up 6%...
The adjusted net profit shareholders...was up 5%..."

Scholarly Communication: A Devil's Dictionary | Peer to Peer Review


Barbara Fister [librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN] has posted a delightful set of definitions clarifying the economics & evaluation of scholarly publishing. Check out this short, thought-provoking post:
Scholarly Communication: A Devil's Dictionary | Peer to Peer Review"

"Impact Factor: A formula that calculates the potential impact that being associated with a particular publication will have on a career, including the awarding of tenure, grants, and promotions. Not to be confused with impact on the advancement of knowledge, which has little bearing on careers because it is more difficult for committees to measure."

A PAMNET note by Joe Kraus [Denver University] alerted me to this humorous and insightful commentary.