I joined a phd in electrical engg 2 years back. But requiring physics, I did log of physics courses and I have now developed a deep interest in mathematical physics and condensed matter. But that has lead me to undergoing coursework in maths dept as i had already finished lot of basic/masters level courses in physics and which gave me a feeling that doing math courses thoroughly first is the right way to do any physics. But my supervisor now is terribly disappointed with me. Also I am confused about shifting university as I am already 2years + into a graduate program. Also there is a feeling that once am through the coursework , I might find some problem interesting to electrical engineers that I might solve with the new skills. But a few professors and my current supervisor are discouraging me saying it is a vague plan. So what should I do, any suggestions?
You can find many areas in microelectronics which are closely related to the condensed matter physics (i.e: Electronic band structure, semiconductor, Conductors, Superconductor, Ferroelectric, etc). My recommendation is to find a specific field in condensed matter that is also interesting for your supervisors, and pursue your PhD.
In your case, moving to another department is just burning two years.
Well there are other advantages of shifting department, one can have a more serious atmosphere and discussions regarding say physics or math so it will lead to a better phd. Mar 21, 2013 at 9:58
In that case, switch the department and supervisors as soon as possible. Mar 21, 2013 at 12:28