What's new in PACS 2010?
The Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme® (PACS®) is prepared and published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). The latest edition available from AIP is PACS 2010.
PACS 2010 incorporates extensive revisions in the second-level sections listed below; these sections have been expanded with the addition of many new fourth- and fifth-level codes:
- 14—Properties of specific particles
- 75—Magnetic properties and materials
- 77—Dielectrics, piezoelectrics, and ferroelectrics and their properties
- 78—Optical properties, condensed-matter spectroscopy, and other interactions of radiation and particles with condensed matter
- 79—Electron and ion emission by liquids and solids; impact phenomena
- 81—Materials science
- 89—Interdisciplinary physics
In addition, a completely new second-level section has been added to PACS 2010:
- 88—Renewable energy resources and applications
PACS 2010 incorporates minor revisions to the sections listed below. These minor revisions include additions of PACS codes, modifications of the text of PACS codes, and deletion of some PACS codes:
- 01—Communication, education, history, and philosophy
- 03—Quantum mechanics, field theories, and special relativity
- 05—Statistical physics, thermodynamics, and nonlinear dynamical systems
- 11—General theory of fields and particles
- 28—Nuclear engineering and nuclear power studies
- 41—Electromagnetism; electron and ion optics
- 61—Structure of solids and liquids; crystallography
- 63—Lattice dynamics
- 65—Thermal properties of condensed matter
- 68—Surfaces and interfaces; thin films and nanosystems (structure and nonelectronic properties)
- 72—Electronic transport in condensed matter
- 73—Electronic structure and electrical properties of surfaces, interfaces, thin films, and low-dimensional structures
- 87—Biological and medical physics
AIP has produced a Special Edition of PACS 2010, which contains a full listing of the scheme with new, modified, and deleted codes highlighted; the Special Edition serves as a bridge between the 2008 and 2010 editions of PACS. As an aid in finding appropriate codes for their manuscripts, individuals may navigate to both the regular and special editions of PACS through the links below:
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