Mathematical Physics for PhD

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right now I'm finishing up a master's degree in quantum chemistry, but I much prefer the development of the methods than the actual use of them (i.e. the more theoretical side of things). And I've been keeping on top of my mathematics of all flavor, and would really be interested in doing a phd in mathematical physics, in particular probably string theory. But I'm really not sure what people will think looking at my cv; I have very little experience in physics other than q.m. and my undergrad was in chemistry and mathematics. I'm about to have two publications, one in polymer dynamics, another in quantum chemistry; but I really want to do mathematical physics. Why do some universities classify it in the physics department but others as mathematics (I called one school and for their string theory program you had to have taken the physics GRE, which totally shocked me because I know many mathematicians that knew very little physics when they entered graduate school).

What sort of classes would I take in this program? I'm really hopping to learn more physics and more mathematics; I would love to learn advanced analysis as well as something more "real", like quantum dynamics. Are there any good programs that touch both of these fields, where I can continue to do rigorous proofs but actually apply them to something "useful" like theorectical physics (not that the math is not useful :P ) Any good schools? Thanks!
 

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