Learning about other experimental areas of physics

In summary, the conversation discusses the challenges faced by a researcher in exploring experimental setups in other fields, and the potential solutions such as review papers, attending seminars, and conferences. It also highlights the importance of establishing contacts within the scientific community to facilitate this process.
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Hello! My research is mainly in atomic and molecular physics but from time to time I come across nice experimental setups, that show promise for my work, from other fields, like chemistry or even high energy physics. I was wondering if there is a more organized way to explore experimental setups in other fields, other than just stumbling over them by accident (or talking to someone working on that by accident). Maybe some review papers of experimental setups or something like this? I feel like there is lots of overlap with different fields that we just don't know about and sometimes spend a lot of time trying to figure our something that has been done already
 
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Not an easy task, especially if you want to focus on experimental technologies. https://journals.aps.org/rmp/abouthttps://journals.aps.org/rmp/about might be helpful if only in pointing to other literature.

Attending departmental seminars might also be helpful, especially in departments other than your own. Conference attendance can also be an excellent way to expand one's exposure if that is an option for you. Conferences can also be a good way to establish contacts within the community.
 
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