Generally speaking, my research area is in solid physics. However solid physics is a very broad discipline. I think I should focus more on crystal and defect structure. About the transport of defect, I need to study the diffusions in materials.
To analyze the thin film, we use TEM and X-ray. Although I don't like experiment, I definitely have to be familiar with them.
So far, all the topics mentioned above can be reviewed through the textbook of physical metallurgy.
So, let's do it.