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Questions tagged [physics]

On standards or conventions specific to physics as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Stream change: engineering undergrad to physics grad

I am presently a third-year undergraduate of mechanical engineering and I am interested in applying for physics graduate programs for admission in the fall of 2020. Since I hail from a different ...
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Effect of Research in an Engineering group on Physics PhD application

I am a Physics undergraduate and my institution requires that we do undergraduate research and a senior thesis on that research. However, due to some personal circumstances I would like to do research ...
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Graduate courses or research experience for PhD admissions: Which is more important?

I am currently at a crossroads, deciding between several MS program offers. I have the choice to do a research based masters, where I would take very few graduate courses but focus almost solely on ...
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Transitioning from experimental to theoretical research after masters

I just graduated last summer and currently have a chance to do a research masters in applied physics in North America. The proposed project is very experimental in nature. My ultimate goal is to earn ...
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How to explore Physics research as an undergraduate, keeping in mind the ever increasing weight on publications?

I am currently 3rd year Physics UG and have been working on Cosmology for past 3 years. I want to explore different areas like QFT, Quantum Gravity and maybe a bit of basic Math research as well, ...
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Physics PhD switching fields after short career break?

I was hoping to get some advice from anyone here on a situation I find myself in. I am currently about 8 months into studying for a PhD in particle theory at a top UK university. The department is ...
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Do I have to write GRE to apply to physics PhD programs in the US?

I'm doing my Masters in GRAPPA at University of Amsterdam now and I want to apply to multiple places for PhD after I'm done. However, the applications in US confuse me. Some say they want GRE scores,...
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Can I do my graduate studies in Computer Science with computational physcis bachelor degree? [closed]

I have graduated in computational physics with gpa 3.1. I need to do my graduate studies in computer science in USA or Europe.
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Which writing style for uncertainties?

There are different ways of writing uncertainty. The siunitx manual says "In some fields, it is common to give the uncertainty in a number in brackets after the main part of the number... ...
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Online research projects [closed]

Are there any research projects in mathematics,data science etc undergraduate students can participate online? Have seen something like that? Well, I googled it and found something,but I need more ...
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Do scientists using user facilities (such as Advanced Light Sources) have to travel frequently?

I recently met an experimental physicist who does his measurements using the X-ray beam-line at a national lab. Since the university he works at is not too close to the facility, I wonder how much ...
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Can I request a Ph.D. in a different department having done research in another?

I am a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering and almost done with my thesis. My bachelors was in Physics. Although the initial research plan fit into mechanical engineering - vibrations, thanks to ...
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Example of joint submission to PRL, PRA

We are thinking about a joint submission to Physical Review Letters, and PRA per these guidelines. I'm however not entirely sure how the two submissions should be exactly related, e.g. how much ...
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Impact of a C+ grade in a graduate course [closed]

I'm planning to apply to competitive PhD programs in theoretical physics. Unfortunately, I received a C+ grade in one relevant graduate-level course. I really don't know how I got this grade, because ...
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3.1 GPA, but 2 Ds and a F on transcript [duplicate]

I am graduated in computational physics and from south asian country. i got F and D- grades for elective physics courses in my first and second year. but i didn't retake those classes. another D+ ...
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Should I look for research internships or stay at my university for the summer?

I am in my last semester of Physics and Mathematics and, at the same time, my first semester in a MS in Applied Math (which I will finish in two more semesters) in one of the top universities for ...
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Health issues in grad school - how many extensions are acceptable?

I'm a graduate student in physics, and I've been having some major health issues. For the sake of anonymity, I don't want to say what they are, but they are NOT mental-health related, though they ...
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PhD in Statistics working in Physics

I will be applying to PhD statistics programs this upcoming fall and really enjoy statistics. But, I also love physics (started as a physics major) and am wondering if there is opportunity post-PhD to ...
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Found a major flaw in paper from home university – to which I would like to return

During my Ph.D. in condensed-matter physics, I published a paper together with two other students. The research group of the university that I am originally from (in Madrid, Spain) happened to work on ...
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Undergraduate changing research field with a deadline

I have a friend who is working in the wrong field of physics at the moment (not enjoying it.) They are still undergraduate however and have time to change this. They are currently working on a ...
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What to do if a paper by respected authors has obvious problems, and I have told them so already?

I have recently found a paper of a very respected research group in my field. In this paper, they have some theoretical calculations, and they are obviously completely wrong. Not in the sense that the ...
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For astrophysics grad school, is an undergraduate major in “astrophysics” better than “physics with astrophysics focus”? [closed]

I’m currently a high school junior who wants to major in a math field or physics, and possibly astrophysics. At the moment, I’m looking at Notre Dame as an option for college, but they don’t have an ...
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Should I try to re-invent the wheel while doing research?

I’m a beginning PhD student in theoretical physics specializing in string theory. Unfortunately, my advisor doesn't have a good understanding of this subject; therefore, he provides me with very ...
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What should a PhD in physics put in a CV?

The countdown to ending my studies has begun, with less than a year left to finish my PhD. I'm currently very confused about whether or not going for a post-doc, considering that I have recently found ...
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Can I do Engineering and Physics degrees consecutively? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie college student and I have a passion for both Mechanical Engineering and Physics (specifically physics and astrophysics). I would like to have knowledge in both of these areas because it ...
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Why do citations in physics journals leave out the article title?

I'm not a physicist but I read the occasional physics paper. Coming from another discipline I find it odd that most article references in physics journals leave out the article title - this seems like ...
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Possibility of doing Masters in astronomy with only bachelors in CS

I have a bachelors degree in Computer Science & Engineering and currently employed in s/w industry in Pakistan, but have no degree in physics. For long, I've been interested in doing research in ...
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M.Sc. scholarship in physics without B.Sc. in physics [closed]

Is there any hope to achieve M.Sc. scholarship in physics without B.Sc. If I only have B.Eng. in civil engineering and a high score GRE Exam? My B.Eng GPA is very poor. And if no, what can I do in my ...
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MPhys Physics to Theoretical Quantum Gravity/Particle physics PhD

Do universities accept MPhys Physics graduates in theoretical PhD positions? I will finish my masters this year and I want to proceed in a theoretical physics phd. I'm not sure yet as to the exact ...
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After completing a Mathematics degree and an Electrical Engineering degree, is it possible to pursue a master in Physics?

I am currently studying Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor in Mathematics. I'm interested in theoretical physics, and I wonder if it is possible to pursue a Master degree in theoretical physics ...
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How to write practice exams as a student as a way to study

I'm an upper-division physics student. I have finals coming up next week and I want to take the advice of one of my professors from several years ago: write your own exams for practice and give them ...
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Art Major to Physics/Applied Mathematics, Advise? [closed]

Firstly, I'm yet unfamiliar with the query conventions specific to this stack exchange. If I've improperly tagged or placed this question, such that it need be closed or held, I apologize. Continuing,...
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Years of experience - how to count PhD and postdoc years [closed]

I am a physicist specialized in developing algorithms for microscopy techniques and after a postdoc I am applying for data scientist / engineer positions at various startups. To estimate what would be ...
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How much is the quantitative GRE score important when applying to competitive physics PhD programs? [closed]

I'm applying for strong physics programs. I recently took the GRE Test. I got a 160 in quantitative. However, I don't think my basic math skills are lacking. I unfortunately had to take an unscheduled ...
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Deadline for resubmission in Physical Review E [closed]

As the title suggests, does anyone what is a typical deadline for the resubmission in the mentioned journal? As it was not specified anywhere.
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How likely is it that a UK or EU PhD in STEM has to be self funded?

I am an EU citizen interested in pursuing a physics PhD in either a UK university or an European one. It looks like PhD fees for UK universities are so much higher than EU universities, so my issue ...
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What happens if my PhD interest has changed after a year?

I have had an admission for Spring semester (2019) with funding for PhD in Physics at a USA university. In my application, I mentioned that my area of interest is biophysics and experimental condensed ...
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How can a prospective PhD student know beforehand which universities have the most reputable teams/supervisors?

I am interested in astronomy/astrophysics and cosmology. It is my understanding that choosing the best supervisor/team to work with for the PHD is more crucial than choosing the best (and most ...
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Transfering between graduate programs at the same university

I have just completed my first year of a 50/50 coursework/research masters program in physics. I have a supervisor, but have not yet started the research component, which is meant to run until the end ...
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Erratum or corrigendum on arXiv too? Should the authors lists match?

We have a mistake in a published paper and we will send a Corrigendum to the journal. Concerning arXiv we have two options: Replace v1 by v2, where v2 has no longer the mistake, and state what we did ...
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Should I take the GRE physics subject test for a chemistry PhD?

I plan on applying to top chemistry graduate programs (MIT, Caltech etc.) I took the Chemistry subject test, score isn't in yet but I think it's with high expected value (because I knew everything) ...
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What is the workflow of an editor in this case? [closed]

I am rather new to the academic so I am bit insecure about the whole process. I have a small question regarding the publication process. Context: Recently I submitted a paper to a physics journal. ...
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I have deep desire to study Physics after I graduate from Computer Engineering; want to know if I have what it takes to be successful in this field

I am now studying Computer Application, a bachelor degree in India. I can get a job in the IT sector if I try only a little harder. But I have this deep desire to study Physics starting from ...
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Publishing into journals as an independent undergraduate researcher

I'm an undergraduate student looking to publish 2 papers in materials physics on novel research. I've lead the project on my own as an independent research, but have worked with the departments and ...
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Do graduate schools dislike when students take 5 years in undergrad?

I am currently a junior Materials Science and Engineering major at a top engineering university, and have done research in a very physics-based materials science lab for the past two years. I love ...
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Is it good to finish a PhD fast?

I am not going to give details about the situation (for obvious reasons) but here it is: I got accepted for PhD to a very good American university, in experimental particle physics and I met a famous ...
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Should I use double quotes throughout the paper even after defining the terms in the introductory section?

Say I have introduced/defined some not-so-common terms like "clock register", "ancilla", etc. in the first section of a research paper, and while doing so I kept them within double quotes. However, I ...
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Applying for Physics PhD program with strong application but weak test scores

I am a fourth-year physics B.S. student at the University of Virginia graduating this year. I'm planning to pursue a PhD program. I would like to get into the US top 50 schools. I don't really like to ...
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Inadmissible theorems in research

One of my engineering friends told me how he once had to take a make-up calculus I exam due to being hospitalised and so self-studied a lot of the missed topics. For the make-up exam, he used L'...
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Alternative careers for one who wanted to study theoretical physics [closed]

I have immense interest in physics and maths and I love thinking and brainstorming. So naturally, the field "Theoretical Physics" allured me. But later I came to know that the job opportunity as an ...