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Ph.D. in Plasma Physics and Where?

  1. Oct 3, 2015 #1
    Hello everyone. I am new in this forum. I am from Turkey and I want to go abroad for Ph.D. but I have concerns and a lot of questions in my mind.
    My GPA from BS is 2,98/4 (I know it is not good). This year my second year my master. Probably I will graduate with 3.50-4.00 GPA. My master thesis will be about Plasma material processing (experimental). Specifically, it is about material processing using cold plasmas ( especially materials are titanium or other metals.). Also, I had worked in private laboratory for 2,5 years which is about 17025 European Standard. I was responsible about Electrical and temperature measuring devices calibration (multimeters, power sources, power analyzers, frequency devices, RTD thermometers, electrical safety testers etc.). I have worked for 6 months for Standard LVD(low voltage directive) laboratory. It is accredited lab. about EN(european norm) and IEC. I know my academic area and my work area are different but I have to work because I do not have money and scholarship.
    I want to do Ph.D. in Europe(Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, UK and etc.) or USA. This is my first concern. Which one is good about academically, life standard, opportunities, lab., and after Ph.D.? My second and biggest concern is that am I good enough for them. Why do they choose me? And what can I do until 2016-2017 academic year for preparing. I don't have enough computer skills. I know C++ basically and I know MS office programs. Is this a huge problem? I am studying English to take good or enough TOEFL and GRE score.
    Based on all these, I am waiting for your advice and directive.

    Good day.
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  3. Oct 8, 2015 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
  4. Oct 10, 2015 #3


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    One may wish to look at Materials Science/Engineering programs, particularly those with Plasma Processing programs.
  5. Oct 11, 2015 #4
    I believe that the University of Texas, Austin (UT) is highly ranked in plasma physics research. They are within the top 5 schools in the country, and they are a public school, which makes the cost somewhat lower. I would look into going there.
  6. Oct 15, 2015 #5


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    This may interest the OP:


    Also, I have recently briefly looked into the following thesis:

    http://http://repository.tue.nl/773252 [Broken]

    which was defended at the Technical University Eindhoven (https://www.tue.nl/) in 2014.
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