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I finished my 1st-year physics, took analysis, linear algebra, mathematical logic, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics(I was exempted from intro phy and took some 3rd-year physics courses)

I internal transferred to pure maths. The reason is that the curriculum of the physics programme in our school is not suitable for applying to the theoretical physics programme(no qft, advanced gr). Also, no one does purely theoretical physics in my school but there are people doing computational and phenomenological theoretical physics but that's not my interest.

Instead, our school has a strong math department and there are many people doing math-ph.

For now, I get along well with one of the profs doing geometric analysis. He knew nothing about GR but he hold a reading course on GR with one student. Then the student taught him back a lot of GR and thus he was recommended by that prof to Princeton to do mathematical GR research.

According to the supervisors I found in my department who matches my research interest, the possible undergraduate research I can do are

(1)beyond GR, some qc-gr

(2)quantum groups

(3)quantum information theory

Indeed they are math-ph. I know very well the difference between mathematical and theoretical physics. I am fond of theoretical physics more and I also love mathematical physics. I found mathematical physics is like manipulating maths underlying or on the surface to develop the mathematics(?)

The maths prof will become my supervisor means that I will play an active role during the research. Is it possible to bring the math-ph research with some theoretical physics taste, merging them together? Can one achieve such a balance?

That's what I was referring on the title "Can one do mathematical physics and theoretical physics at the same time?"

I internal transferred to pure maths. The reason is that the curriculum of the physics programme in our school is not suitable for applying to the theoretical physics programme(no qft, advanced gr). Also, no one does purely theoretical physics in my school but there are people doing computational and phenomenological theoretical physics but that's not my interest.

Instead, our school has a strong math department and there are many people doing math-ph.

For now, I get along well with one of the profs doing geometric analysis. He knew nothing about GR but he hold a reading course on GR with one student. Then the student taught him back a lot of GR and thus he was recommended by that prof to Princeton to do mathematical GR research.

According to the supervisors I found in my department who matches my research interest, the possible undergraduate research I can do are

(1)beyond GR, some qc-gr

(2)quantum groups

(3)quantum information theory

Indeed they are math-ph. I know very well the difference between mathematical and theoretical physics. I am fond of theoretical physics more and I also love mathematical physics. I found mathematical physics is like manipulating maths underlying or on the surface to develop the mathematics(?)

The maths prof will become my supervisor means that I will play an active role during the research. Is it possible to bring the math-ph research with some theoretical physics taste, merging them together? Can one achieve such a balance?

That's what I was referring on the title "Can one do mathematical physics and theoretical physics at the same time?"

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