Hello everyone, i return to complete the final year of my degree in the next 12 months and go on to do further studies ie masters and phd depending on how long they will put up with me and all of my questions. I have had quite a long break, and have been continuing to study pure mathematics whilst away, but now that i have decided to go back, i want to attack my biggest weakness, experimental physics. During my degree, being quite naturally good mathematically (hence in theoretical physics) i was able to "fudge" my way through practical assessments by means of simply submitting experimental data which i knew was to be expected in each week's assessment, of course with believable uncertainties and commentary throughout the experimental report, in the format requested. I am not proud of this, and at the time, my ego prevented me from admitting to the post grads that i worked under that i struggled with a huge anxiety and fear of electricity and anything "hands on" in general. Over the past 6 months i have slowly gained a basic level of confidence with experimentation, and have really started to enjoy myself now that i realize it is not so bad as i thought it to be, and i have corrected a number of imbarassingly illogical methodologies which made me afraid of even attending practical assessments during the first 4 years i attended university. I am currently at home and have access to a wide range of industrial tools and electronic/computer scraps, so i will briefly bullet point the skill set i am currently building up, and would appreciate any recommendations and additions to this list from anyone with a high level of experience experimentally, im sure you will get an idea of what fields of physics my interests apply to or be able to suggest paths of possible interest: 1) programming and customization of microprocessors and the implementation of the various sensors used to gather data 2) integration (1) into the physical schematics of the kinds of experiments i expect to be conducting 3) designing & constructing mechanical systems for which are intended to be able to both accurately measure, safely contain, and regulate the thermodynamic and electrical variables of liquid-vapour-gas-plasma ( in seperate chambers according to phase for analysis of various families of materials) . My aim or intent of design is to have these systems capable of withstanding RAPID (t) thermodynamic flux whilst being able to also retain a high level of accuracy / low uncertainty in measurement of the materials physical properties during and after that flux as it re-establishes equillibrium 4) investigations into prospective experimental design to measure gravity waves I would very much appreciate references to any papers relevant, (no problem if they cost a bit, but price obviously must correspond to level of relevancy) Thankyou very much in advance for taking the time to share your wisdom knowledge & expertise.