Research and Generals

I was intending to post a review this month, but I got too busy and didn't have the time to do that. Instead, I'll keep this as a short update. Right now, I'm quite occupied with doing research on two projects: one has to do with wetting at the nanoscale, and the other has to do with modeling the optical response of electrons in metals and semiconductors. They may seem divorced from each other at first, but they are both electromagnetic phenomena, and if I consider Casimir forces or heat transfer from metals or semiconductors, they both involve fluctuational phenomena as well. Concurrently with research, I am preparing for my general examinations (often called qualifying examinations elsewhere) which are coming up in April or May. Anyway, hopefully I'll have a little time next month to put a review or another sort of post like that out.