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1297.0 - Australian Standard Research Classification (ASRC), 1998  
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Classification Structure - Division 240000 - Physical Sciences


DisciplineSubject
      Description

240100
      Astronomical Sciences.
240101
      Astronomy and Astrophysics
240102
      Cosmic Ray Physics
240199
      Astronomical Sciences not elsewhere classified
240200
      Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics
240201
      Theoretical Physics
240202
      Condensed Matter Physics - Structural Properties
240203
      Condensed Matter Physics - Electronic and Magnetic Properties; Superconductivity
240204
      Condensed Matter Physics - Other
240300
      Atomic and Molecular Physics; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Plasma Physics
240301
      Atomic and Molecular Physics
240302
      Nuclear and Particle Physics
240303
      Plasmas and Electrical Discharges
240304
      Other Plasma Physics
240400
      Optical Physics
240401
      Optics and Opto-electronic Physics
240402
      .Quantum Optics and Lasers
240499
      Optical Physics not elsewhere classified
240500
      Classical Physics
240501
      Acoustics and Acoustical Devices; Waves
240502
      Fluid Physics
240503
      Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
240504
      Electrostatics and Electrodynamics
240599
      Classical Physics not elsewhere classified
249900
      Other Physical Sciences
249901
      Biophysics
249902
      Medical Physics
249903
      Instruments and Techniques
249999
      Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified

Definitions

Division 240000 - Physical Sciences, covers the physical sciences. It includes biophysics (other than human biophysics) and medical physics. This division has six disciplines:

    240100 - Astronomical Sciences
    240200 - Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics
    240300 - Atomic and Molecular Physics; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Plasma Physics
    240400 - Optical Physics
    240500 - Classical Physics
    249900 - Other Physical Sciences

    Exclusions:


      (a) Geophysics is included in Discipline 260200 Geophysics;

      (b) ionospheric and magnetospheric physics are included in Discipline 260600 Atmospheric Sciences;

      (c) technological aspects of the physical sciences are included in the appropriate disciplines in Division 290000 Engineering and Technology;

      (d) soil physics is included in Discipline 300100 Soil and Water Sciences; and

      (e) human biophysics is included in Discipline 320600 Medical Physiology.

Discipline 240100 - Astronomical Sciences

This discipline covers astronomical sciences, including cosmology. This discipline has three subjects:

      240101 - Astronomy and Astrophysics
      240102 - Cosmic Ray Physics
      240199 - Astronomical Sciences not elsewhere classified

      Exclusions:


        Remote sensing and satellite technology are included in Discipline 290200 Aerospace Engineering.

Discipline 240200 - Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics

This discipline covers theoretical and condensed matter physics. This discipline has four subjects:

      240201 - Theoretical Physics
      240202 - Condensed Matter Physics - Structural Properties
      240203 - Condensed Matter Physics - Electronic and Magnetic Properties; Superconductivity
      240204 - Condensed Matter Physics - Other

Discipline 240300 - Atomic and Molecular Physics; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Plasma Physics

This discipline covers atomic, molecular, nuclear, particle and plasma physics. This discipline has four subjects:

    240301 - Atomic and Molecular Physics
    240302 - Nuclear and Particle Physics
    240303 - Plasmas and Electrical Discharges
    240304 - Other Plasma Physics

    Exclusions:


      Related chemicals are included in Disciplines 250100 Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural) and 250600 Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.

Discipline 240400 - Optical Physics

This discipline covers optical physics. This discipline has three subjects:

    240401 - Optics and Opto-electronic Physics
    240402 - Quantum Optics and Lasers
    240499 - Optical Physics not elsewhere classified

    Exclusions:


      Communications technologies are included in Discipline 291700 Communications Technologies.

Discipline 240500 - Classical Physics

This discipline covers classical physics. This discipline has five subjects:

    240501 - Acoustics and Acoustical Devices; Waves
    240502 - Fluid Physics
    240503 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
    240504 - Electrostatics and Electrodynamics
    240599 - Classical Physics not elsewhere classified

    Exclusions:


      Communications technologies are included in Discipline 291700 Communications Technologies.

Discipline 249900 - Other Physical Sciences

This discipline covers any physical sciences not elsewhere classified. It includes biophysics (other than human biophysics), medical physics and instruments and techniques. This discipline has four subjects:

    249901 - Biophysics
    249902 - Medical Physics
    249903 - Instruments and Techniques
    249999 - Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified

    Exclusions:


      (a) Geophysics is included in Discipline 260200 Geophysics;

      (b) ionospheric and magnetospheric physics are included in Discipline 260600 Atmospheric Sciences;

      (c) technological aspects of the physical sciences are included in the appropriate disciplines in Division 290000 Engineering and Technology;

      (d) soil physics is included in Discipline 300100 Soil and Water Sciences; and

      (e) human biophysics is included in Discipline 320600 Medical Physiology





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