2020 Frontiers of Physics

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Physics
Instructor(s)
Ito Katsushi  Kawai Nobuyuki  Nakamura Takashi  Saito Susumu  Nishida Yusuke  Tanaka Hidekazu  Notomi Masaya  Kanamori Hideto  Kozuma Mikio  Matsushita Michio  Aikawa Kiyotaka  Hirayama Hiroyuki  Fujisawa Toshimasa  Yatsu Yoichi 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(W242)  Fri3-4(W242)  
Group
-
Course number
PHY.G332
Credits
2
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
-
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

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 elementary particle physics: Theory (Elementary particle physics, quantum field theory, superstrings) Katsushi Ito Explain the unification of interactions of elementary particles.
Class 2 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (quantum electronics: nanoparticles) Kiyotaka Aikawa Explain the principle of trapping and cooling of nanoparticles via a laser light.
Class 3 Frontiers in astrophysics: Experiment (Observation of high energy astronphysical sources) Nobuyuki Kawai Introduction to observations of astrophysical black holes How can you observe invisible black holes?
Class 4 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Theory (Nanoscience) Susumu Saito It will be given in the lecture.
Class 5 Frontiers in quantum physics: Theory (theoretical physics, ultracold atoms) Yusuke Nishida Describe an example of universal phenomena appearing across diverse fields in physics.
Class 6 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (Magnetism) Hidekazu Tanaka It will be given in the lecture.
Class 7 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (Nanophotonics) Masaya Notomi It will be given in the lecture.
Class 8 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (Laser cooling) Mikio Kozuma It will be given in the lecture.
Class 9 Ultra high precision spectroscopy (Molecular spectroscopy) Hideto Kanamori What determines the precision of measurements?
Class 10 Frontiers in nuclear physics: Experiment (Unstable nuclei, Nuclear astrophysics), Takashi Nakamura It will be given in the lecture.
Class 11 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (Condensed matter physics) Michio Matsushita It will be given in the lecture.
Class 12 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Experiment (Surface physics) Hiroyuki Hirayama Describe an example of characteristic properties appearing at solid surfaces.
Class 13 Frontiers in condensed matter physics: Theory (Quantum transport) Toshimasa Fujisawa It will be given in the lecture.
Class 14 Frontiers in astrophysics: Experiment (High energy astrophysics) Yoichi Yatsu It will be given in the lecture.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

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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