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I have background in computational condensed matter physics (both BSc and MSc). But I find this field boring now. I am interested in computer simulations but not in condensed matter physics. So, for my PhD I want to change my field.

What are the alternative fields in physics that use large computations/simulations? And what is their scope in future?

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Personally, I work in the field of Optics and use computer simulations all the time.

In two different internships I've used large scale computations:

  • In the simulation of laser pulse propagation, where I modeled quantum systems interacting with the laser field

  • In the simulation of the optical response of complex surfaces, where I solved eigenvalue problems for specific structures.

Honestly, once you have a good knowledge in computer simulation and numerical calculations, then adapting them to different physical systems is not too hard. I even have a friend who does the same type of research I do but followed a mathematics MSc. And her thesis is on signal treatment for gravitational waves, which is not a particularly easy field, but she does just fine.

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  • $\begingroup$ wow. very interesting! $\endgroup$ – Luqman Saleem Jun 28 at 9:52

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