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What are the specializations in physics?

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What are the specializations in physics that I can choose in graduate school? Aside from Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Medical Physics... What else?
 

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Experimental condensed matter / solid-state physics - such as semiconductor physics, or optics / laser physics. I have been working with manufacturing superconducting thin films via laser ablation.

As I understand it, all the branches of physics have a theoretical aspect.
On principle you should know your relevant theory as an experimentalist but picking an applied field you will not really "do" much theory. I spent the years of of my PhD in the lab, tinkering with devices, repairing stuff, working with the guys in the workshop to have my apparatuses built etc.

The computer-related part of my work was not "computational" but related to writing programs that controls sensors and the like.
 
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What I want to pursue is a balance mixture of theory and experimentation, which I think particle physics suits that well.
 
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Please look at the various Divisions under the APS. This loosely corresponds to the various areas of physics that one can specialize in.

http://www.aps.org/membership/units/index.cfm

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Don't forget the most fascinating subfield of all... geophysics! :D
 

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