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: Experiment (spintronics, surface science) Junji Yoshino||Explain the effect of spin polarized current.|
|Class 2||Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (single-molecule spectroscopy), Michio Matsushita||Explain that the position of a fluorescing molecule can be determined with a precision beyond the diffraction limit, if the fluorescence image consists of the photons emanating from the target molecule alone.|
|Class 3||Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (quantum transport) Toshimasa Fujisawa||Explain quantum transport phenomena.|
|Class 4||Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (surface and interface physics, nano-science) Hiroyukii Hirayama||Explain the reason why distinctive electronic states appear at surfaces.|
|Class 5||Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (nanophotonics) Masaya Notomi||Explain how nanostructures alter the optical properties of materials.|
|Class 6||Frontiers in quantum physics: Theory (theoretical physics, ultracold atoms) Yusuke Nishida||Describe an example of universal phenomena appearing across diverse fields in physics.|
|Class 7||Frontiers in elementary particle physics: Theory (superstring theory: quantum field theory) Katsushi Ito||Explain the relativistic motion of strings and the critical dimension of the string theory|
|Class 8||Frontiers in cosmology and astrophysics: Experiment (Gravitational Waves, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes) Nobuyuki Kawai||Explain the scientific information obtained by observing gravitational waves.|
|Class 9||Frontiers in condensed matter physics, Theory (nonequilibrium statistical physics) Tomohiro Sasamoto||Explain properties of non-equilibrium systems using examples|
|Class 10||Frontiers in non-equilibrium statistical physics: Experiment (universal scaling laws in non-equilibrium systems) Kazumasa A. Takeuchi||Give an experimental example of growing interfaces and discuss universality of scaling laws through comparison to a theoretical model.|
|Class 11||Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Theory (quantum theory of electrons in condensed matter) Susumu Saito||Understand the basic framework of the density functional theory|
|Class 12||Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (quantum magnetism)Hidekazu Tanaka||Explain magnetic quantum phase transition with an example.|
|Class 13||Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (ultra-high resolution spectroscopy)Hideto Kanamori||What determines the ultimate precision of measurements.|
|Class 14||Frontiers in nuclear physics: Experiment (Exotic Nuclei, Nuclear Astrophysics) Takashi Nakamura||Describe and explain any phenomenon or property of neutron-rich nuclei|
|Class 15||Frontiers in: Experiment (quantum electronics: nanoparticles) Kiyotaka Aikawa||Explain the principle of trapping and cooling of nanoparticles via a laser light.|
Based on a term paper