vol. 60 | iTHES

Vol. 60, December 15th, 2014


  • Announcement
  • Upcoming Events
  • Person of the Week
  • Visitors

Person of the week

Herman Lee



From the Office

The office of iTHES assistant, Ms.Chikako Oota is situated at the second floor of the main research building, room # 246. The extension number is 3261. She will be at the office from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m.


2014 Nobel Prize Lectures in Physics and Nobel Prize Ceremony  were
held on Dec.8 and on Dec.10, respectively. Congratulations, Profs. Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura!

Here is the Award Ceremony Speech presented by Professor Anne L'Huillier (Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences).


New iTHES site is ready to launch
We have been working on iTHES website for renewal and it is now ready to launch. You can check it out by yourself at
We will start using the new site shortly but in the mean time we would appreciate your input on the new site.



Upcoming Events

iTHES Special Lecture:
"Frontiers of Numerical Simulations in Manufacturing Technologies and the Role of Academic-Industrial Collaborations" (in Japanese)
Date: December 18 (Thu) 3pm-5pm
Place:Large confernce room, 2nd floor of the main cafeteria
Lecturer: Dr. Takashi Ikeda (ASTOM R&D,http://www.astom.co.jp/)

iTHES Joint International Workshop
"Study of Neuron and Cortex”
Date: Dec. 26, 2014  Dec. 30, 2014
3rd floor of Frontier Research Laboratory (Area F-5, building No.15 in the map)
E. Hayama(RIKEN), T. Kajii(NAOJ), Y. Funakawa(RIKEN), T. Hatada(RIKEN)

iTHES Colloquium
Title:Cell Mechanics: from single cell to multi-cellular dynamics
Date and time: 2pm-, Jan. 8 (Thur.), 2015
Place: Suzuki Umetaro Hall
Lecturer: Prof. M. Sano (Univ. of Tokyo)
H. Liang (iTHES-phys)
R. Johansson (iTHES-cond)
T. Okada (iTHES-bio)

iTHES Seminar
"The kernel polynomial method and its applications"
Prof. Alexander Weisse (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany)
Date: Dec. 15, 2014, 11:00 - 12:00
Place: Main research building, 224 & 226
Abstract: Efficient and stable algorithms for the calculation of spectral quantities and correlation functions are some of the key tools in computational condensed-matter physics. I will give a short review of algorithms based on Chebyshev expansion and of the kernel polynomial method, which usually scale linearly with the problem dimension. The capacity of these methods will be illustrated with examples from the fields of disordered systems (densities of states, conductivities), electron-phonon systems, or quantum spin models (finite-temperature correlations). In addition, I will show how the kernel polynomial method can be embedded into other numerical techniques, e.g., Monte Carlo simulations.


Person of the Week

I am very excited to have joined iTHES as an associate member of the MCC team. Born and raised in Hong Kong, I obtained my BSc from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology at the scenic Clearwater Bay in Kowloon, and then a PhD in 2011 from Stanford University near San Francisco. After spending a couple of happy years at Kyoto University and RIKEN, I am now working at ISAS as a JAXA International Top Young Fellow.

I am interested in the high-energy phenomena associated with particle accelerators in our Universe, and how we can use them to decipher the origin of cosmic rays. It has been more than 100 years since the first experimental proof of the extraterrestrial origin of cosmic rays, but their exact origin still remains one of the biggest unresolved mysteries to mankind. To solve this puzzle, I spend most of my time at work pondering about the physics and astrophysics of the intriguing ‘cosmic accelerators’, with particular attentions paid to objects with strong shockwaves such as those found at the young and middle-aged remnants of supernovae. Together with my collaborators, I am developing a growing simulation code that self-consistently calculates the acceleration of cosmic ray at various astrophysical shocks, and the accompanying electromagnetic radiation and neutrino signals. The code has been applied successfully to confront multi-wavelength observations of supernova remnants, and to provide robust predictions for future observations by new space and ground-based telescopes. I also have a background in observational gamma-ray astronomy being a collaboration member of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope since 2006, and more recently a member of the Cherenkov Telescope Array which is a next-generation ground-based observatory designed to observe our Universe at very high energies using the atmospheric Cherenkov light produced by the cosmic gamma-rays.

I am hoping that my participation will further enrich and diversify the research activities at iTHES to help fulfill its ambitious goals.


Dr. Haoning HE (University of California, Los Angeles, USA))
Physics of Astrophysical Big Bang
November 20- December 20,2014
Room 220( 2nd floor, main building)