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    Physics UK Physics PhD to California?

    I am a physics PhD at a globally top 10 UK institution. I'm interested in moving to California for two reasons: - The weather. - I believe the US economy is higher growth than the rest of the modernised world. My subject area is not 'hot' so I doubt I'd be able to get a good postdoc. Are the...
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    How did you get your current job?

    There is a lot of discussion about how Physics gives you valuable skills, and also a lot of discussion of how these skills are somewhat general and hence need to be 'sold' and that employers are often looking for specific skills making it hard for a physicist to be considered. After reviewing...
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    Making a quater wave connection and 2 GHz source

    Apologies for what may be a basic question, I am unfamiliar with RF systems but much more familiar with optics. I need to connect some standard coax to some microcoax; they do not have exactly matching impedances so there are reflections. It seems to me I should be able to make an...
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    Article: The academic pyramid

    I read this article in my latest physicsworld (a publication of the institute of physics), thought it's quite relevant to many of the discussions here. If you're a IOP member you can read it here: http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/indepth/2012/oct/04/the-academic-pyramid Here's what the rest...
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    Orthogonally polarized beams do not interfere, do they beat?

    I'm trying to understand what happens with beating light when the componenets have differing polarisation. I know that orthogonally polarised beams do not interfere spatially. I looked in Hecht and this arises in the maths due to the 'interference term' in which there is a E_{1}.E_{2} term...
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    Optics of extended sources

    I'm currently trying to look into the optics of extended sources. Google doesn't seem too helpful. Anyway, I have just been thinking about it and thought that surely one of the easiest problems would be the intensity at a screen at a particular distance from an incoherent, spatial extended...
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    Experimental Polarization Techniques

    I am currently doing experiments with polarizing optics and reflection from metal surfaces. However it's not as simple as it sounds in textbooks, so I was wondering if anyone had experience in these type of experiments. There seems to be a fundamental problem with identifying the transmission...
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