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Is condensed physics the same as materials engineering?

  1. Nov 23, 2008 #1
    Or does it depend on which area of condensed physics one is specializing in?
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  3. Nov 24, 2008 #2


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    There is overlap, to be sure. We have occasionally had a condensed physics post-doc in my materials science and engineering group. But the classic science/engineering distinction applies: In condensed physics one is usually interested in the origins of material properties; in materials engineering, one is usually trying to exploit these properties to make useful tools.
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