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Courses Courses: Nuclear and particle physics?

  1. May 24, 2009 #1
    Hi all.

    Would you believe that it is necessary for me to take a course in "Nuclear and Particle Physics" in order to be able to do graduate work in condensed matter physics/quantum optics?

    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,
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  3. May 24, 2009 #2


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    well condensed matter physics uses neutron X-ray, so a basic class in Nuclear and Particle physics should do no harm. What are your options?
  4. May 24, 2009 #3
    Computational Physics (i.e. programming in FORTRAN) is another option, which I thought of taking. The other is "Condensed Matter Physics", which I will definitely be taking.

    When I say "... do graduate work in condensed matter physics/quantum optics ...", then I am thinking of something in the line of either optical physics (i.e. lasers and quantum optics), micro/nano technology, quantum information and stuff like that.
  5. May 24, 2009 #4

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    Necessary? No. A good idea - certainly. It's a good idea to have a broad overview of physics in addition to your area of specialization. Both in general, and because people often end up working outside the area they specialized in - or thought they would specialize in.
  6. May 24, 2009 #5
    I work in condensed matter theory, and I guarantee that computational physics will be much more valuable to future work in condensed matter. The only caveat is that any course depends strongly on the professor, so if computational is being taught by a mediocre prof and nuclear and particle physics is being taught by a great prof only then would I suggest going for the latter.
  7. May 25, 2009 #6


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    Interestingly, there is a text "Nuclear Condensed Matter Physics: Nuclear Methods and Applications"


    Electromagnetic Properties and Nuclear Decay.

    Hyperfine Interactions.

    Mossbauer Effect.

    Perturbed gamma - gamma Angular Correlation (PAC).

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR).

    Nuclear Orientation (NO).

    Muon Spin Rotation (?SR).

    Positron Annihilation.

    Neutron Scattering.

    Ion Beam Analysis.

    I know that small angle neutron scattering (SANS) is an important tool.

    http://www.isis.rl.ac.uk/largescale/loq/documents/sans.htm [Broken]
    http://www.chem.au.dk/~jansp/tools.html [Broken]
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  8. May 27, 2009 #7
    The reason why I think the computational-course might be better is exactly what ZapperZ always tells me: I agree 100% that it is important to have a broad overview of all physics, but this broad overview wont help me if I do not get into graduate school. But a knowledge of programming (and experience with it) might do me a lot better.
  9. May 27, 2009 #8


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    That is true, you can always go nuclear physics classes when in grad-school if you need them :-)

    Programming and problem solving using computer will help you with a lot.
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