CFV: sci.physics.cond-matter

John Kondis jkondis at
Mon May 8 22:21:26 CDT 1995

Here is the first (of 2) Call for Votes for the new newsgroup 
'sci.physics.cond-matter'.  I am posting it for the votetaker.  

PLEASE NOTE: If you want to vote on this group, you MUST make sure you 
send your mail to:  <physics-vote at>  Complete voting 
instructions can be found below.

Any other questions about the group can be addressed to me, John Kondis, 
the moderator, at jkondis at

                         FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
                  unmoderated group sci.physics.cond-matter

Newsgroups line:
sci.physics.cond-matter Condensed matter physics, theory and experiment.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 29 May 1995.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  For voting questions
only, contact the votetaker, Bill Aten <bill at>.  For questions about
the proposed group, contact the proponent, John P. Kondis <jkondis at>.


This is the rationale for the proposal as submitted by the proponent.

    This group should be created because of the huge unmet demand by Usenet
    readers and other Internet users for a group devoted to condensed
    matter and solid state physics.  It is a huge field in the real world
    (the largest within physics) and this group can provide a forum for both
    experts to discuss current developments and for non-physicists
    interested in discussing aspects related to condensed matter physics.


This is the newsgroup charter as submitted by the proponent.

       This newsgroup is focused on discussion of matters pertaining to
       experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics, the study of
       the physics of various properties of liquid- and solid-phase matter.
       These properties include, but are not limited to, structural,
       electronic, mechanical, thermodynamic, magnetic, and optical
       properties.  In addition, the important topics of phase transitions,
       superfluidity, and critical phenomena are to be discussed.  Although
       discussion should be specifically physics-oriented, it is expected
       that scientists in the arenas of chemistry, engineering, fluid
       dynamics, and materials science will also be very interested in this
       forum.  However, discussion of solid state electronics, which has come
       to mean something unrelated to physics, is not what this group is for.

       Experimental techniques and theoretical and mathematical approaches to
       condensed matter problems are a fundamental part of this group.
       Additionally, questions from readers and general comments about the
       direction of condensed matter research are also welcome.


This CFV has been cross-posted to:
  news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, fj.sci.physics, sci.chem, sci.engr,
  sci.engr.semiconductors, sci.materials, sci.optics, sci.physics,
  sci.polymers, sci.techniques.xtallography

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