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.
At the end of this course, students will be familiar with the frontiers of physics.
Frontiers of physics
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|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.|
Based on a term paper