Hi, I am going to contact a professor and ask him about the possibility for him to supervise me for the master degree. (Yes, we do masters first before PhD) But I have some important questions. Since this professor is from a different school of mine, I have never met or contacted him before. Would it be too strange to contact him said, "I'm interested in your research on (topic)"? Secondly, I have never done any research nor learnt anything about that particular area (though also in physics), because no one in my school did research on that area. I felt very insecure when I knew nothing but asking for research opportunity. Should I read his recent work first? But they're somehow too difficult for me because I have nearly no background knowledge on that. Any advices are welcome! Thanks!