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This guide identifies resources for physics found in Pius XII Memorial Library and on the Web.

Professional Societies and Organizations

Acoustical Society of America
"From the beginning, the Acoustical Society has sought to serve the widespread interests of its members and the acoustics community in all branches of acoustics, both theoretical and applied."

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
     Medical Physics

American Astronomical Society
Major professional North American society for astronomers, other scientists and others interested in astronomy.

American Geophysical Union
"worldwide scientific community that advances, through unselfish cooperation in research, the understanding of Earth and space for the benefit of humanity."

American Institute of Physics (AIP)
"It is the mission of the Institute to serve physics, astronomy, and related fields of science and technology by serving its member societies and their associates, individual scientists, educators, R&D leaders, and the general public with programs, services and publications - Information that matters."

American Nuclear Society
"American Nuclear Society serves its members in their efforts to develop and safely apply nuclear science and technology for public benefit through knowledge exchange, professional development, and enhanced public understanding."

American Physical Society
Mission:  "to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics"

American Vacuum Society
"A forum to discuss problems and applications of high vacuum technology"

Institute of Physics
"Works in collaboration with national physical societies, sharing information and working jointly to promote the interests of physics, and makes its educational materials, policy statements and other services available internationally."  (Website) Journal website:

Materials Research Society
"A not-for-profit organization which brings together scientists, engineers and research managers from industry, government, academia and research laboratories to share findings in the research and development of new materials of technological importance."

Optical Society of America
"The mission of OSA is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide."

Internet Links

SLU Patent Databases


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