2017 Frontiers of Physics

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Physics
Instructor(s)
Murakami Syuichi  Nishimori Hidetoshi  Koga Akihisa  Okuma Satoshi  Hirahara Toru  Kawamura Toru  Kozuma Mikio  Munekata Hiro  Oka Makoto  Kohno Toshiyuki  Imamura Yosuke  Kuze Masahiro  Jinnouchi Osamu  Yamaguchi Masahide  Somiya Kentaro 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(S513)  Fri3-4(S516)  
Group
-
Course number
PHY.G332
Credits
2
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2017/3/17
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

In the course, recent developments of modern physics such as solid physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, and astrophysics will be given. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the frontiers of physics.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be familiar with the frontiers of physics.

Keywords

Frontiers of physics

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Each lecturer will introduce his/her expertise to students comprehensively. The theme ranges from solid physics and condensed matter physics to nuclear physics, particle physics, and astrophysics.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Theory (Electronic band structure, topological phases) Shuichi Murakami Explain examples of topological phases realized in crystals
Class 2 Frontiers in physics: Applications of the statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, Hidetoshi Nishimori Analyze the quantum dynamics of a simple system.
Class 3 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Theory (strongly correlated systems) Akihisa Koga Explain quantum phenomena in strongly correlated systems
Class 4 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Applications of high energy density plasma physics, Toru Kawamura Explain an example of plasma phenomena in nature.
Class 5 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (low temperature physics, superconductivity)  Satoshi Okuma  Explain the quantum phenomena that appear on a macroscopic scale.
Class 6 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (surface physics, nano-science, spin properties)  Toru Hirahara Describe the difference between surface and bulk electrons from symmetry considerations.
Class 7 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (quantum electronics, laser cooling) Mikio Kozuma Describe the basic principle of laser cooling.
Class 8 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (quantum transport in semiconductor nano-structures incorporating spintronics) Explain fundamental concepts of spin-dependent transport and optical response.
Class 9 Frontiers in Hadron physics, theoretical aspects, QCD and hadron spectra Makoto Oka Explain hadronic spectrum and interactions from QCD.
Class 10 Frontiers in nuclear physics: Experiment (applications of nuclear physics and radiation physics) Toshiyuki Kohno Explain an example of phenomena caused by nuclear reactions or radiations.
Class 11 Frontiers in particle physics: Theory (superstring theory, gauge theory) Yosuke Imamura Calculate the energy of an oscillating closed string by using classical mechanics.
Class 12 Frontiers in particle physics: Experiment (high energy particle accelerators, neutrino physics) Masahiro Kuze Obtain the relationship between the center-of-mass energy and beam energy at fixed-target experiments and collider experiments.
Class 13 Frontiers in particle physics: Experiment (high energy particle physics : Higgs, Supersymmetry) Osamu Jinnouchi Explain the fundamental interactions related to the production and decay of the Higgs particle, then explain the Higgs decay branching ratio.
Class 14 Frontiers in cosmology and astrophysics: Theory (cosmology)  Masahide Yamaguchi Explain the dynamics of the Universe by analogy with Newton mechanics
Class 15 Frontiers in cosmology and astrophysics: Experiment (gravitational waves)  Kentaro Somiya Explain the sensitivity limit of a gravitational wave detector.

Textbook(s)

Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Based on a term paper

Related courses

  • ZUB.Z389 : Graduation Thesis
  • ZUB.Z388 : Graduation Thesis

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not specified.

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