vol. 71 | iTHES

Vol. 71, March 9th, 2015


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

Person of the week

Koutarou Kyutoku



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.


Solving a supernova mystery: Latest research finding

On March 1st, 2015, JST Science News featured the simulations of core-collapse supernovae performed by Dr. Tomoya Takiwaki who is an iTHES associate of the ithes-mcc (Mathematical and Computational
Collaboration) team + his collaborators.
You can watch the movie from the URL below. Its Japanese edition has already been broadcasted in August 18, 2014. Enjoy !

A powerful programming language with huge community support

On Feb. 4, 2015, Nature featured QuTiP (Quantum Toolbox in Python) and Dr. Robert Johansson (the former ithes researcher in ithes-cond team) as its developer:
"QuTip, another Python package, enables researchers working on quantum mechanics to define a system and then simulate how it behaves.
The project was launched in 2010 by Nation and Robert Johansson, a postdoctoral fellow in RIKEN's Interdisciplinary Theoretical Science Research Group in Wako, Japan, to adapt into Python a MATLAB package that Nation was using. Look at the Nature article,
and also the QuTiP web page, http://qutip.org/

Upcoming Events

iTHES Colloquium

April 8, 2015, 16:00 -
Prof. Madan Rao (Simons Centre, NCBS)
"Active Composite Cell Surface : Implications to molecular organization, shape and information processing"
place: 2nd floor of the main cafeteria

* This is a part of the RIKEN-NCBS joint meeting on Theoretical Biology (April 7 - 10, 2015)
to be held at RIKEN Wako campus.

iTHES international workshop
April 7 - 10, 2015
iTHES-NCBS 2nd Joint Meeting on "Theoretical Biology"
Venue: RIKEN Wako Campus
A. Mochizuki (ithes-bio), Y. Sugita (ithes-bio), T. Hatsuda (ithes-phys), M.Thattai (NCBS)
Contact: A. Mochizuki (mochi@riken.jp)
Sponsors: RIKEN iTHES and Simons Centre at NCBS (http://theory.ncbs.res.in/)

Person of the week

I have joined the iTHES group (Interdisciplinary Fundamental Physics Team) at the end of February, and will become an SPDR from this April. I earned a doctoral degree at Kyoto University in 2012 March. After working as a postdoc at KEK for about one year, I have been at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for two years as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow.

I am working on gravitational-wave astronomy and relevant fields in astrophysics. In particular, I would like to clarify properties of neutron stars and the origin of r-process elements with next-generation gravitational-wave detectors such as KAGRA. For this purpose, I am also interested in multi/all-messenger astronomy, where various detectors for different particles - gravitational waves, neutrinos, electromagnetic waves - collaborate together in order to observe different aspects of astronomical phenomena.


Prof. Gordon Baym (Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
cold atom physics, condensed matter physics, dense matter and neutron stars
Feb.25-March4, March 11- March 23, 2015
room 429 (4th floor, main building)

Prof. Adam Miranowicz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
Quantum Information, Quantum and Atom Optics, Nanoscience, Entanglement Theory, Non-classicality
January 10th to March 10th, 2015.
Main Research Building 3F, room 308 (ex. 3352).