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An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Physics Course, Department of Science.

Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2016 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2017 academic year.

Elemental Particle and Gravity Theory Laboratory

Nobuyoshi OHTA
Professor

Elemental Particle Theory, Quantum Gravity Theory, Superstring Theory, Cosmology
Studies are carried out on elemental particles, which are smaller than atoms, through the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, and research is conducted into cosmology and the unified theory of elemental particles, including gravity, through the general theory of relativity and superstring theory.
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Experimental Particle Physics Laboratory

Yukihiro KATO
Professor

Experimental Particle Physics
We know that matter is composed of things like quarks and other subatomic particles. But what are subatomic particles composed of? Using a large particle accelerator, research here tries to answer questions like this.
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Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics

Toshio KUSAKABE
Professor

Atomic Collision Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics
Research is conducted into the charge-transfer process in the collision of slow ion beams and atoms and molecules. This is crucial in understanding cosmic plasma such as solar winds and artificial plasma such as nuclear fusion. Testing technologies are developed in tandem with research.
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Quantum Control Laboratory

Yasushi KONDO
Professor

Quantum Information, Condensed Matter Physics
Research is carried out with an interest in a wide range of control methods, in which quantum mechanics such as quantum information and quantum control play an important role. In particular, if quantum computers are realized, it will change the world. It is hoped that the elemental research conducted here will help make such computers a reality.
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Astroparticle Physics Laboratory

Michiyuki CHIKAWA
Professor

High-Energy Astrophysics
Research is conducted into the stars, galaxies, and space through observation of the high-energy astro-particles that fly about in outer space. The laboratory participates in joint international projects like the Cherenkov Telescope Array(CTA) Project and the Telescope Array(TA) Experiment to develop detection equipment.
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Soft Matter Physics Laboratory

Tomonari DOTERA
Professor

Quasicrystal Physics, Soft Matter Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
This laboratory is the world leader in soft quasicrystal research. This laboratory made the world’s first discovery of a polymeric quasicrystal, implying that even soft matter has an ordered structure with no repetitive units. Theoretical research on the origin of the formation of soft quasicrystals appeared in Nature. Recently Dr. Dotera found the bronze-mean quasicrystal. Also, he aims to develop the physics of gyroid.
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Theoretical Physics Laboratory

Mikio NAKAHARA
Professor

Mathematical Physics, Quantum Computers, Quantum Control
Research here looks at all aspects of theoretical physics. The current focus is quantum computers. Through phenomena in the quantum world, which are hard to imagine in our everyday lives, research here is aimed at realizing a quantum computer, a totally new type of computer.
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Laboratory for Condensed Matter Theory

Tetsuo MATSUI
Professor

Condensed Matter Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Lattice Gauge Theory, Neural Networks, Statistical Physics, Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness
A metal, a collection of molecules, exhibits superconductivity. The brain, a collection of neurons, supports humans’ consciousness and learning functions. The universe, a collection of time-space elements, may be curved in various ways. Research here involves creating models and using computer simulations to determine the peculiar characteristics of groups.
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General Relativity and Cosmology Laboratory

Akihiro ISHIBASHI
Associate Professor

General Relativity, Cosmology
Investigation is conducted into overall space dynamics and black holes using general relativity. A focus of research is on high-dimensional space models and high-dimensional black holes, which look at the possibilities of high-dimensional space-time.
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Laboratory for Cosmology

Kaiki Taro INOUE
Associate Professor

Cosmology, Astrophysics, Gravity
Dark matter and dark energy are mysterious substances that account for a large part of the universe. Solutions to these mysterious substances are sought using general relativistic phenomena on cosmic scales such as gravitational lenses, gravitatonal waves and the cosmic microwave background radiation.
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Laboratory of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Kenichi KASAMATSU
Associate Professor

Theory of Condensed Matter Physics
A gas of neutral atoms cooled down to near absolute zero temperature causes a phase transition called Bose-Einstein condensation, resulting in quantum condensates possessing strange properties, as exemplified by superfluidity. We investigate various phenomena exhibited by atomic Bose-Einstein condensates.
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Solid State Physics Laboratory

Takahiko MASUI
Associate Professor

Condensed Matter Physics (experiments)
In the field of condensed matter physics, it’s possible to conduct research by creating one’s own specimens and measuring these. It is interesting in a completely different way than mega science. The goal here is to discover new physical phenomena and new matter, as well as solve long-debated mysteries of science.
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Biophysics Laboratory

Yohko YANO
Associate Professor

Biophysics, Chemical Physics, Structural Chemistry
Protein comes in various complex structures in the body in order to perform its functions. On the other hand, it easily changes form and loses its functions. These structural changes are observed using the world’s brightest X-rays in order to understand the mechanisms behind the formation of protein structures.
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