snowflake2011 wrote:I have wide interests including hep and condmat (I know!), and have offers from both. Which is a better school overall? I know they both have good physics departments. A lot of profs in each place work on things that I want to work in. But which school has a more holistic program, courses and more opportunities? I am an international student so I can't visit either of the schools to find out myself. Would appreciate advice and comments.
snowflake2011 wrote:Thanks for your reply. What do you want to know?
snowflake2011 wrote:Not much past experience did work on computational physics (no publications), future plan is to pursue a research career in physics. UMD has Raman Sundram, Das Sarma, Levin, and a lot of QC work going on, while UPenn has a good cond-mat group working on many different things in quantum condmath-th, like Kane and Mele (topological insulators), string and cosmology groups. I dont have a very firm area in mind right now as I got interested in lots of things in my last college year.
snowflake2011 wrote:Thank you for your replies. How is Ohio State for high energy physics theory? How does it compare to UMD and UPenn?
I dont know much about active HEP research at Ohio State (I've received an offer from them too). I applied on the strength of their PhD program in cosmology, but I couldn't find a lot of active HEP researchers there (on the website). Can someone also tell me about the particle physics research groups at UMD and UPenn?
SSM wrote:I don't know how good the Ohio State hep-th department is in terms of rank or anything. It's pretty small-average sized, maybe 6-10 professors. I've had a lot of them for classes and know that they're all nice people, would be fun to work with.
snowflake2011 wrote:But UMD has a smaller experimental hep group than UPenn (which seems to have a lot of hep-th and hep-ex researchers, despite being "lower ranked" than UMD, which is a little weird).
axiomofchoice wrote:If they haven't published anything in hep-th since 2008, that's probably not a good sign.
snowflake2011 wrote:OSU seems to have a fairly inactive hep group, nobody working on quantum information, and also very few active people working on condmat-th.
snowflake2011 wrote:SSM wrote:I don't know how good the Ohio State hep-th department is in terms of rank or anything. It's pretty small-average sized, maybe 6-10 professors. I've had a lot of them for classes and know that they're all nice people, would be fun to work with.
Can you tell me who? Are they actively pursuing hep-th research, or have they switched exclusively to cold-atoms or physics education research?
snowflake2011 wrote:Twinb87 how is College Park as a city?
snowflake2011 wrote:Thanks SSM. I was referring to hep-th in general, including phenomenology. I do not know if the two professors you listed are really taking new students, Do you know people at OSU working on LHC phenomenology?
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