Hi, I got a Bachelors degree at Imperial College London (one of the top science universities in the UK) last year and I am doing a Masters degree in Optics and Photonics at the same university at the moment. Next year I would like to do a PhD but I think four years of England is probably enough (I am originally from Germany). I am interested in the fields of optics, photonics, lasers, and solid state mainly. Since there aren't that many American people here I have been having trouble finding out what universities are particularly good for these in the United States. I have looked at a few top universities there (Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech...as you can see I like the West coast). Are there any suggestions as to universities that are particularly good in these fields? This doesn't neccessarily have to be in the United States though...I am also interested in Canada, or English taught courses in Germany, Austria or Switzerland for example. Thank you very much for any suggestions. Ben P.S. I am enrolled to do the General GRE test in November and the GRE in Physics at the beginning of December, which seems to just be enough for most American universities.