Purpose of Collection:

The Physics collection at MacOdrum Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Physics is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Science. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Mathematics, Astronomy & Astrophyics, Geophysics and Chemistry.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Physics subject guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs
  • Interdisciplinary/Collaborative/Specialized Programs
    • Graduate programs are offered jointly through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics. The Institute combines the resources of the Departments of Physics at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. Carleton graduate students in joint programs with the University of Ottawa have remote access to electronic resources at the University of Ottawa.

Themes/Subject Coverage

The emphasis of collections in physics reflects the focus of departmental research on Particle Physics and Medical Physics. Material of an acceptable academic/scholarly or professional standard is selected in the following subject fields:

Experimental Particle Physics:

  • High Level Trigger (HLT) algorithm
  • Physics and Event Selection Architecture (PESA) algorithm
  • Particle Fusions
  • Solar Neutrino Data
  • Dark Matter
  • Beta Decay
  • Quarks and leptons
  • ATLAS experiment at CERN

Theoretical Particle Physics:

  • Elementary Particles
  • Superstring Theory
  • Spacetime Geometry
  • Particle Phyiscs Phenomenology
  • Hadron Physics
  • Electroweak Physics
  • Higgs Physics
  • Terascale
  • Low Energy Quark Models

Medical Physics:

  • Medical X-ray Imaging
  • Radiation Dosimetry
  • Positron Emission Isotopes
  • Radiotherapy for Cancer Treatment
  • Thermal Therapy
  • Dual-Energy Radiography
  • Photon-Counting Detectors for Imaging
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Instrumentation and Prototyping
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy


  • Optics
  • Electronics
  • Telecommunications (Data Transmission)
  • Fibre Optics
  • Health Monitoring
  • Building Integrity

Astronomy & Astrophysics

  • Cosmology & Cosmogony
  • Non-optical Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Gravitation Theory
  • Solar System & Exoplanets
  • Stellar Physics
  • Instrumentation

Selection Guidelines




Not applicable


English is the primary language of the collection. Works published in other languages are purchased very selectively at the specific request of faculty.

Types of Material

Electronic journals and print monographs and series are the primary formats.


Not generally collected -- biographies, popular press items, working papers and pre-prints, and pamphlets.

Additional Collection Information

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