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Whish is the best School?

  1. Aug 5, 2006 #1
    Which is the best Grad School?

    Hello all...I would appreciate it very much if someone could tell me which school of the following list-

    Stanford, Caltech, MIT, Princeton, Harvard

    is the best (please rank the list) for Graduate opportunities (research facilities, faculty exposure/interaction) in all the..I repeat ALL of the following fields-Experimental and Theoretical Particle Physics, Cosmology, and Gravitational Physics?

    Thanks very much. I would greatly appreciate it if you could also tell me why you think your choice is the best?

    Thank you again!!
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  3. Aug 5, 2006 #2


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  4. Aug 5, 2006 #3
    I know that UC Irvine has all three.
  5. Aug 5, 2006 #4
    "Cosmology" is a standard term for a subfield, I think.

    http://physics.uchicago.edu/t_astro.html [Broken]

    I think by "gravitational physics" he means research in GR, maybe gravitational radiation, or precise tests.
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  6. Aug 5, 2006 #5
    There is no valid reason to require a department to be strong in both theoretical and experimental HEP. Theorists don't need to be on site at the accelerator, pushing buttons and reading graphs - that's not how it works. HEP experiments involve hundreds of people, including theorists collaborating from all around the world.

    If you're looking for a graduate school with research areas close to your own interests, you'll have to be much more specific. You're looking at the intersections of HEP and astrophysics - this could mean many things, early inflationary cosmology, quantum gravity, nuclear astrophysics? I don't think you'll even get any useful advice here or on any internet forum. I strongly recommend you talk to your current physics advisor at your school, and to faculty and physicists and wherever you're applying - they will know much more about their research, and your compatibility with it, than anyone here. Read our disclaimer.

    (edit: rkaz clarified that he is looking for graduate schools, I removed a paragraph here)
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  7. Aug 5, 2006 #6
    Hi Guys

    Good to hear from y'all. Let me try to explain a li'l bit..When I talk about gravitational physics I mean research related to gravitational waves (as Rach3) mentioned, relativity (exampl:Stanford's Gravity Probe-B), Kip Thorne's theoretical work in wormholes at Caltech and so on. By Cosmology, I mean black holes, string theory and so on... a school/schools ranked in order.. that has/have significant..i.e.. the very best in work-currently-... in all of these along with particle physics..thats what I'm looking for.

    Thanks Guys..Let me know if you need more clarification..Ciao!!
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    I understand what the terms mean, and don't consider it at all unlikely that many schools use them to name their research groups - didn't think the majority did though, based on my limited experience. Besides I know of no ranking collator (NRC, USNews,etc.) that uses those names.

    PS: Was writing this before rkaz's last post was up.
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  9. Aug 5, 2006 #8
    What I'm looking for essentially is to work on combining QM and GR (Unified Theory)and possibly experiment on theses theories with phenomena such as the formation of black holes (Hawking Radiation..) in accelerators and their study..
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    What is your current educational background?
  11. Aug 5, 2006 #10
    If I were to specify quantum gravity ...what school do you suggest?
  12. Aug 5, 2006 #11
    BS,MS in Aerospace Engineering
    MS in Physics-(Exp Particle Physics Research)
  13. Aug 5, 2006 #12
    I think rankings are somewhat meaningless here, e.g. cosmology is too small a field to be included in US News. Unlike, say, Condensed Matter.
  14. Aug 5, 2006 #13
    MS in aerospace and particle physics? How did you do that?
  15. Aug 5, 2006 #14
    Well...I got my MS in Aerospace first..worked as a Propulsion Engr for a bit..about 2 yrs and then went back for my MS in Physics. I turned 29 this year. Why?..is that bad?
  16. Aug 5, 2006 #15
    rkaz - I'm interested - you already have a strong background in experiment, why are you leaving that to start over in theory? It's not a trivial decision, there's tons of completely new mathematics to learn if you're looking at things like HEP theory.

    There are several distinct approaches to quantum gravity - String theory is the biggest and most organized one.
  17. Aug 5, 2006 #16
    you got 2 Masters and you would n't be able to find the rankings that you would like for those school.s?
  18. Aug 5, 2006 #17
    Well...experimental HEP has its limitations..I'm interested in studying the possiblities of a unified field theory-which i think would be better accomplished by working with theoretical particle physics
  19. Aug 5, 2006 #18
    I have found several rankings...I just cant decide which of these..especially Caltech and Stanford are better? They both have very similar programs and very similar research areas..well almost..so I am just curious as to which is better?..(and why)
  20. Aug 5, 2006 #19
    Oh btw...dont forget the other schools I mentioned also....

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
  21. Aug 5, 2006 #20
    Are you still in communication with your MS physics faculty? They should be able to advise you much more effectively.

    Anyway, we can't compare two schools for you, without knowing which of the ten or so research areas you've mentioned you'd most like to pursue. Have you talked to any of the research faculty at these schools?
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