CarlBrannen wrote:Your application will do better if you profess to be interested in experimental work. Everyone with a BS (not just in physics) wants to be the next theoretical Nobel Prize winner in elementary particles. Avoid that group.
Yeah, I noticed that trend (I wonder why it's so, by the way... nowadays most of the Nobels in Physics are about experimental stuff... maybe theorist sounds like "architect" and experimentalist "factory worker").
I don't intend to express an absolute passion for Th. HEP, since all the internships I did so far were
experimental; although, even if I'll probably say I have some interest in experimental (as suggested somebody in the profile post), I'd much appreciate graduate studies peppered (I mean downpoured, or even flooded) with maths.
@bfollinprm: what interests me is mainly the mathematical aspect of physics. For instance I'm now devouring Griffiths' EM book just for all the tricks he mentions about how to compute an electrical field or a potential. I'm now working with a friend on a problem of classical mechanics representing a non-integrable system. The idea
is physical, but we're only interested in the maths under it.
By contrast, I'm currently doing an internship in experimental photonic, and well, I might just have bumped into the wrong lab, but each time there's something needed, like to have a room cleaned to install some apparatus, or to manufacture a special part at the workshop, it takes ages, just because you can't go to the workshop and ask the guy, you have to send a paper that'll bounce back and forth before the authorization finally comes a couple of week later. My last internship was in Particle Physics, and it just was like 75% of debugging some code. Not really my cup of tea.
Anyway, thanks for the opinion, I appreciate it. Still have time to decide, still have time to get lost...