2018 Frontiers of Physics

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Physics
Saito Susumu  Aikawa Kiyotaka  Ito Katsushi  Kanamori Hideto  Kawai Nobuyuki  Yoshino Junji  Sasamoto Tomohiro  Takeuchi Kazumasa  Takeuchi Kazumasa  Tanaka Hidekazu  Nakamura Takashi  Nishida Yusuke  Hirayama Hiroyuki  Fujisawa Toshimasa  Matsushita Michio  Notomi Masaya 
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Tue3-4(W371)  Fri3-4(H114)  
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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.


Frontiers of physics

Competencies that will be developed

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

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: 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.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

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Assessment criteria and methods

Based on a term paper

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  • ZUB.Z388 : Graduation Thesis

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

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