I have been hinting for months that I am close to graduating. Well, the time has come. I am graduating with a Ph.D. in physics.
In the immediate future, I will be unemployed. I am taking my time looking for a job in data science. That means I’ll find some tech company and analyze data for them. And before you comment on that career choice, let me just say that I know more physics students moving into data science than staying in physics. When I do find a job I probably won’t make any announcement about it.
Given that most of my time blogging has been while I was at grad school, the impact on my blogging is unknown. I may have more free time while unemployed, but I won’t necessarily spend that time blogging. (Note that I often take a blogging break near Christmas, and that has nothing to do with graduating.)
Ah, one thing that might make an impact on blogging, is that I will lose journal access. I can still get physics papers on ArXiV, but most of what I’d want to blog about would be in social sciences or humanities. So, that’s a bit tougher.
After this post, I intended to write at least a couple more blog posts about why grad school can be such a bad experience. It’s not too late, I’ll get around to it eventually.
If you are unwise enough to wonder what my dissertation is about, I’ll tell you.
I worked on photoemission spectroscopy of cuprate superconductors. Photoemission spectroscopy is the technique of shining light on a material, and measuring the electrons that come out. The technique tells us about how the electrons were behaving in the material. A superconductor is material in a special state where electricity is conducted with zero resistance. Cuprates are a particular class of superconductors. Cuprates are famous for being in a superconducting state up to relatively high temperatures (but “high temperature” still means minus ~170 degrees Celsius). Cuprates are not fully understood, and have been a longstanding mystery since they were discovered in the 80s.
Photoemission spectroscopy of cuprates sounds very specific, but it’s a well-established and competitive field of research.