I hope you’ll come along with me and you’ll have to accept it, because it’s the way nature works. If you want to know the way nature works, we looked at it, carefully, looked at it, that’s the way it looks! You don’t like it? Go somewhere else! To another Universe, where the rules are simpler, philosophically more pleasing, more psychologically easy. … I’m gonna tell you what it really is like, and if you don’t like it, that’s too bad! - Richard Feynman, Douglas Robb Memorial lectures (1979).
I did my Masters in Physics at the University of Warwick, and knew that I wanted more of what Feynman’s talking about: I’m gonna tell you what it’s really like! I wanted to better understand how to construct realistic models of interacting quantum systems and then solve them, but after completing my Masters, actually doing research in such a challenging field still felt like a world away. The CANES program was a natural next step, providing additional training in areas of Non-Equilibrium Physics and Mathematics that are typically left out of undergraduate study. The program is fast paced and intense, but the academic support and social CDT structure make the experience enjoyable and deeply rewarding.