What is the best for an experimental particle physicist?

In summary, the conversation discusses the best choice for someone interested in becoming an experimental physicist in particle physics. They have the opportunity to pursue a double degree and are debating between a double degree in physics and computer science or a double degree in physics and material engineering. They mention that both fields have interesting aspects, but can also be done without a double degree. Additionally, they mention that typically physicists do both at some point, but can have a focus on one aspect. Ultimately, the individual expresses a preference for material engineering as their choice for their future career.
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aveline de grandpre
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I'm interested to become an experimental physicist particularly in particle physics. I have the chance to pursue a double degree. what is the best choice that will help me more in my future career.- a double degree in physics and computer science or a double degree in physics and material engineering?
 
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Computer science is more interesting for analysis software, material engineering is more interesting for detector development. Both is interesting, but both can be done without double degree as well.
Typically physicists do both at some point, but they can have a focus on one aspect. What do you prefer?
 
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Computer science is more interesting for analysis software, material engineering is more interesting for detector development. Both is interesting, but both can be done without double degree as well.
Typically physicists do both at some point, but they can have a focus on one aspect. What do you prefer?

I think Material Engineering will be my choice
 
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Physics. Just physics. Extra time should be spent finding and working in a research group.
 

Related to What is the best for an experimental particle physicist?

1. What is the role of an experimental particle physicist?

An experimental particle physicist is responsible for conducting experiments and analyzing data to better understand the fundamental building blocks of the universe. They use advanced technology and techniques to study subatomic particles and their interactions.

2. What skills are necessary to be a successful experimental particle physicist?

Successful experimental particle physicists possess a strong background in physics and mathematics, as well as technical skills in data analysis, programming, and working with complex equipment. They also need to have good problem-solving and critical thinking abilities.

3. What types of experiments do experimental particle physicists conduct?

Experimental particle physicists conduct a wide range of experiments, including colliding particles at high energies, studying the properties of particles and their interactions, and searching for new particles that may exist beyond our current understanding.

4. How do experimental particle physicists contribute to scientific advancements?

Experimental particle physicists play a crucial role in expanding our understanding of the universe and its fundamental laws. Their experiments and data analysis contribute to scientific advancements in fields such as high-energy physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.

5. What challenges do experimental particle physicists face in their work?

Experimental particle physicists face challenges such as obtaining funding for expensive experiments, dealing with complex and large amounts of data, and interpreting results accurately. They also face competition and pressure to make groundbreaking discoveries in a highly competitive field.

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