vol. 97 | iTHES

Vol. 97, October 6th, 2015


  • Upcoming Events
  • Event report

Person of the week


To help the registration desk of "Quark Matter 2015" Conference reported above, four assistants from iTHES and Nishina Center came to Kobe and took care of nearly 700 participants. From the left, Mitsue Yamamoto (Nishina Center), Yoko Fujita (Nishina Center), Keiko Suzuki (Nishina Center) and Chikako Oota (iTHES). We thank them all for their great works!

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.

Upcoming Events

RIKEN Nishina Center - RIKEN iTHES Joint Seminar

Prof. Bikash Sinha (Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, India)
Date: Oct. 6 (Tues.) 2015, 15:00-16:30
Place: Nishina Hall
Over the years India’s scientific enterprise is inevitably moving towards a global perspective. Mega Science, almost by definition is multi disciplinary and multi institutional and of course global. In India scientific institutions from small and modest enterprises have gone on to build mega science facilities in India as well as participate in mega science facilities across the world. The evolution of this adventurous journey from the early sixties to now will be traced touching upon the speaker’s personal involvement.

The 6th iTHES Academic-Industrial Innovation Lecture

"Recent advances in computaBonal drug discovery research"
Hironori Kokubo (Takeda Pharmaceutical Company)
Date: Oct. 22(Thurs.) 15:00-17:00
Place: Big conference room (2nd floor of the main cafeteria)

iTHES Colloquium in November 2015

Date: Nov.10 (Tues) 15:00-16:30
Place: big conference room (2nd floor of the main cafeteria)
Speaker: Kazuyuki Aihara (Univ. Tokyo)
Title: TBA

Osaka CTSR - Kavli IPMU - RIKEN iTHES International workshop
"Nambu and science frontier"

Date: 17th November (Tue), 2015
Venue: H701 lecture room, Dept. of Physics, Osaka university
Time: 9:30 - 17:30

Invited speakers
Kenji Fukushima (U. Tokyo)
Koji Hashimoto (Osaka U)
Simeon Hellerman (Kavli IPMU)
Noriyoshi Ishii (Osaka U)
Kota Masuda (RIKEN iTHES)
Yu Nakayama (Kavli IPMU / Caltech)
Toshifumi Noumi (Hong Kong U. of Science and Technology / RIKEN iTHES)
Kin-ya Oda (Osaka U)
Noriaki Ogawa (RIKEN iTHES)
Haruki Watanabe (MIT)
Tamiaki Yoneya (U. Tokyo, Open Univ. of Japan)

Koji Hashimoto, Kentaro Nagamine (Osaka CTSR)
Tetsuo Hatsuda, Tsukasa Tada, Masato Taki (RIKEN iTHES)
Hitoshi Murayama (Kavli IPMU)

Purpose of the Workshop:
In July 2015, we as the physics community were greatly saddened by the news that Prof. Yoichiro Nambu had passed away. He proposed many of the fundamental concepts that underlie our current understanding in theoretical sciences. On this occasion, we’d like to discuss the relevance of Nambu’s concepts and how they will be developed in many areas of science, and promote interdisciplinary collaborations among theoretical sciences. The joint workshop of Osaka CTSR- RIKEN iTHES - Kavli IPMU is a successive series following the symposium held at Kavli IPMU last year.
The topic of the workshop includes:
- Nambu-Goto action for strings, membranes and higher dim. objects
- Nambu-Goldstone theorem and its extensions
- Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model and its generalizations
- Nambu-Bethe-Salpeter equation and nuclear/hadron physics
- Nambu bracket for quantizing membrane and M-theory
- Higgs inflation
- QCD chiral phase transition
- Symmetry breaking in physical biology

Sponsored by
- Core for Theoretical Science Research (CTSR) , Osaka Univ.
- Interdisciplinary Theoretical Science (iTHES) Research Group, RIKEN
- Kavli IPMU, The Univ. of Tokyo

Fundamental Physics Using Atoms 2015
- Towards better understanding of our matter universe -

Nov. 30 (Mon.) -- Dec. 1 (Tue.), 2015
Oral sessions: RIKEN Wako, Okochi Hall (C32)
Poster sessions: Welfare and Conference Bldg. 2F (C61)

Recently much effort has been directed to investigation of the fundamental physics which exploits remarkable developments in atomic physics and/or quantum optics techniques. Examples include (A) test of the time reversal invariance by observing permanent electric dipole moments of atoms or molecules, (B) neutrino mass spectroscopy using atoms, (C) measurement of fine structure constant's time dependence with precession atomic clock etc. This conference aims to bring together recent research results, to discuss future prospects, and to expand research network, making this field more active and productive.

Event report

On Sept.24, we had a first joint seminar among CEMS - Nishina Center - iTHES at Ookochi Hall. Prof. Dima Kharzeev (Stony Brook / BNL / RBRC) gave an impressive presentation on the "Chiral Magnetic Effect" which are relevant both in high-energy physics (quark-gluon plasma) and condensed matter physics (Dirac semimetals). Topology and quantum anomaly are the key concepts behind this subject. The Ookochi Hall was filled by physicists from various different areas. The photo with N. Nagaosa (CEMS) - D. Kharzeev (RBRC) - T. Hatsuda (iTHES) was taken just after the seminar to memorize this joint interdisciplinary event.

From Sept.27 through Oct.3, 2015, the 25th international conference "Quark Matter 2015" was held at the Rokko Island in Kobe. Nearly 700 people (500 from abroad) attended this prestigious conference in high-energy nuclear physics. iTHES was one of the sponsors and Tetsuo Hatsuda was a co-chair of this conference. The highlight of this year was the possible formation of the quark-gluon plasma not only in nucleus-nucleus, but also proton-nucleus and proton-proton collisions at LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN. This field was initiated in late 70's and early 80's by the giants such as T.D.Lee, J. Bjorken, G. Baym and others, and is still a very active area which attracts many young people. Future directions of this field include not only the quark-gluon plasma at highest temperature (relevant to the early Universe) but also the super compressed matter at high density (relevant to the interior of the neutron stars). The former would be probed continuously by LHC, while the latter may be probed by the future heavy-ion facilities such as FAIR (Germany) and J-PARC (Japan).
The future gravitational wave detection from the neutron star mergers would also provide valuable information on high density matter.