I'm having trouble deciding which area of graduate school will be better for my interests. Maybe someone who knows more about the differences can help me out. The problem is, I enjoy learning how nature works, but I am also interested in creating new technology from the physics (and learning how current technology works). Another words, I want to study pure physics, the physics of technology, and have the opportunity to invent my own technologies. Maybe my middle road is experimental physics, because it is not theoretical physics nor applied physics. But I don't want my future carreer to be constructing experiments for theoretical physicists. My problem maybe that I enjoy two distinct fields, and that it is impossible to combine. The truth is that I would enjoy doing either one, solely. But ideally, I'd like to have more options. And to make one final point. It seems like applied physics graduates go into industry, but I may want to go into academia. Will I limit myself by going into applied physics? By the way, I am a senior in a dual degree program of Electrical Engineering and Physics. I currently enjoy my physics classes more, but when I see the physics I still ask myself, "What are the applications?"