Hi all, I intend to go into some form of condensed matter theory physics after I finish my 1st year of PhD studies (I'll finish that this coming May). I have met some CMT profs who are proficient at what they do, are intent on researching, etc., and some profs who seem to be either a) rather lethargic in what they do, as they are already tenured and needn't stress terribly to move forward b) buried in administrative duties, and don't end up cranking out much. One guy was my ideal choice: 1) straightforward and didn't beat around the bush; to the point and not passive-aggressive 2) high volume of work output, but he didn't want to take me on. Now my question: should I limit myself to just the CMT people? I mean, should I look at *all* professors? One guy I know of is said to be a fantastic teacher, brilliant, prolific, not tied down to any sort of family of his own, and pretty much someone I could learn tons from; the problem being is that he's in particle theory, not CMT. In other words, should I pick "competence as an adviser" over "match to my tentative research interests"? P.S. My motivation for CMT is that there's more money in that field, and I could more easily default to industry if things didn't pan out. I've heard the standard speech that you should pick what you love vs. money, but my response to that is that some measure of compromise to reality must be made: money's tight in our country as well as in my physics department, and CMT is much closer to what I want to do than many of my previous jobs, which included working in a factory full of smoke, furnaces, and heavy jagged metal.