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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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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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Important journals in applied mathematics and mathematical physics? [on hold]

Which are the most important or highly-regarded peer-reviewed journals in the general fields of Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics? Example topics included are things like applied wave ...
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M.Sc. in Physics with M.Eng. in Physical Engineering [closed]

Can M.Eng. in physical engineering be equivalent to B.Sc. in physics in graduated programs?
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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 ...
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Can you get into a top grad school coming from UT Knox? [closed]

I went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I got a BA in Philosophy and graduated with a 3.4 GPA. During my senior year, I discovered an incessant love of physics. However, I’ve had to ...
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Field-dependency of politics and public shaming in academia

I have recently been quite shocked to learn of the blog of an accomplished string theorist, which includes a lot of personal invective against physicists he disagrees with, as well as a lot of non-...
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Theoretical Astroparticle Physics Institutions [closed]

After I finish my Mphys Physics course (next year) I am looking to do a phd in theoretical physics. One of the subjects I am interested in is astroparticle physics. I have searched the web for days ...
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The utility of graduate math study for theoretical physics [closed]

This is question that should primarily be answered by theoretical physicists, as mathematicians always are going to want to say to take more math. I am going into my third year of undergraduate study ...
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I have an opportunity to do internship at the cost of a gap in my academic year. Should I accept it? [closed]

I have just completed my B.Sc in Physics and I have a unique opportunity to do internship in my field of interest for more than 6 months. If I choose it, I may not be ble to start with my Masters' ...
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Conference and journal papers in physics

I am preparing an interdisciplinary paper for publication in a leading physics journal. A preliminary version of this paper has been submitted to a conference in my field. Can the editors reject my ...
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Theoretical Particle Physicist path [closed]

I am currently on a 4-year Mphys undergraduate degree (finished my 3rd year) in the UK. Although I am not sure yet, I am very interested in fundamental particle physics (High Energy Physics). During ...
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D.Eng. or Ph.D. on a degree?

My friend is soon to obtain her doctoral degree in applied physics and start postdoc. She is provided by the department a chance to choose what to be displayed on the degree (between D.Eng. and Ph.D., ...
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Getting into a cs program with a physics undergraduate degree

I'm currently a physics undergraduate student with poor grades. I started the physics program just because I liked physics but it wasn't my specially and I wasn't interested in academia. I've changed ...
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How do I get physicists to listen to something that they do not want to hear? (Not a duplicate) [duplicate]

My words are coherent and intelligible. My arguments are valid and sound. It is nonsense to accuse me of being a crackpot simply because you do not wish to hear what I have to say. Please remove the ...
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What are the eligibility criteria for having physics lectureship in India?

I have an admission interview tomorrow, and have to know the possibility of having physics lectureship after the completion of MSc in maths. I am interested in research, but want to know the ...
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What is the eligibility criteria for doing research in physics?

I will be completing my MSc in mathematics, in India; and have before completed my PUC (11 & 12th classes) in PCMC (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science), and BSc in PCM (Physics, ...
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Is this the expected behavior of an advisor in a master's thesis in Physics?

I'm a graduate student working on a master's thesis to get a master's degree and I'm quite in doubt if the behavior of my advisor is the expected one. He proposed a work on the dynamics of extended ...
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Clearinghouse for Physics Postdoc positions? [closed]

How does one find postdoc positions after completing a physics Ph.D.? Does there exist a central website listing opportunities?
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Is an undergraduate physics degree the same everywhere in terms of coursework?

Is a degree in physics the same everywhere in terms of what is being taught or are there differences from one institution to the other ?
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During a UG physics degree , what other certificate/diploma courses can i simultaneously pursue which would be of use in a physics career?

During a UG physics degree , what other certificate/diploma courses can i simultaneously pursue which would be of use in a physics career ? I hear many colleges offer such optional courses along with ...