Vol.17, January 1st, 1970


  • 2nd iTHES meeting and the colloquium
  • Upcoming Event
  • Travel Note
  • Person of the Week
  • Visitors

Person of the week

Seiji Yunoki



From the Office

The office of iTHES assistant, Ms.Chikako Oota is situated at the first floor of the main research building, room # 159. The extension number is 3185. She will be at the office from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m. except on Wednesday.

2nd iTHES meeting and the colloquium

This Friday we are going to hold 2nd ITHES meeting followed by Theoretical Science Colloquium. This time we decided to combine these two activities so that the lecturer of the colloquium can also have some idea of iTHES group. Also the audience will be able to enjoy wider range of subjects at one occasion. We look forward to seeing all the iTHES members at this special occasion.

iTHES Colloquium Committee
T. Tada (ithes-phys team, Comittee Chair)
T. Iitaka (ithes-cond team)
G. Kurosawa (ithes-bio team)
T. Hatsuda (ithes group director)

Upcoming Event

  • 24th iTHES Theoretical Science Colloquium with 2nd iTHES Meeting
    Jan. 31 (Fri.) 13:30-
    2F of the Main Cafeteria
    iTHES Meeting (13:30 ~):
    Dr. K. Uriu (from ithes-bio team)
    "Dynamics of mobile coupled cellular oscillators"
    Dr. T. Iitaka (from ithes-cond team)
    "Atomistic modelling of planets"
    Dr. T. Kanazawa (from ithes-phys team)
    "Taming the randomness in QCD"

Colloquium (15:00~):
Prof. Kei Tokita
(Dept. of Complex Systems Science, Grad. Sch. of Information Science, Nagoya University)
"An answer to the "Diversity-Stability Debate" in Community Ecology"

Travel Note


Last week, Norihiro Iizuka and Tsukasa Tada (ithes-phys team) gave talks at the 3rd Bangkok workshop on High-Energy Theory held on January 20th-24th, at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Chulalongkorn University is the most prestagious university in Thailand and there is one faculty member and a postdoc who studies high-energy theory. Though the size of the high energy group at the university is minimal, they have been managing organizing this series of very interesting workshops. This time the speakers include researchers from first-tier research universities and institutes in Europe and U.S. such as ETH, Groningen U., KU Leuven, Stanford, Imperial College London, Ecole Normale Superier. Also researchers gathered from Taiwan, Mainland China, Korea and Japan. At the workshop, the current much researched topics such as Super Yang-Mills theories, quiver gauge theories, M5 branes were discussed.
There was one aspect made this year's workshop special. Major interections were occupied by the so-called protesters. They set up the perimeter and the check-point. Inside the perimeter, the protesters rallied in front of huge stages equipped with PA and large displays. It might have given omnious impression especially through news reports, but actually the atomosphere was not tense at all. They gave away bottled water and boxes of lunch. One participants of the workshop even took the offer. We hope the situation resolves peacefully.

Person of the Week


Seiji Yunoki

I am Seiji Yunoki, a member of Interdisciplinary Condensed Matter Physics Team. My main research field is computational condensed matter physics. Right after I received my Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Nagoya University in 1996, I moved to US and spent 3 years and half as a post-doc at National High Magnetic Filed Laboratory in Tallahassee. There, my supervisor was Elbio Dagotto and we were in condensed matter theory group headed by Robert Schrieffer. Besides Schrieffer, there were so many excellent people including Zachary Fisk and Lev Gor’kov. I have enjoyed working there with excellent research environment as well as exceptionally warm weather in Florida. Then, I moved to Europe and spent 2 years in the Netherlands working as a post-doc in George Sawatzky’s group and over 4 years in Sandro Sorella’s group in Italy. It was fantastic experience living in two European countries with very different cultures of life and of course science. Spending a little bit more than 2 years back in US, I finally joined RIKEN as an associate chief scientist in October, 2008. Although most of my current research effort is focused on solid state matters, I am personally very much interested in applying computational methods developed in condensed matter physics to quantum chemistry and bio-related materials. I really hope that I can eventually establish something interesting and also useful in this direction through the iTHES project.



Prof. Lembit Sihver
(Chalmers University of Technology, SWEDEN)
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Jan.20th - March 20th, 2014
room 302 (3rd floor, RIBF building)


Prof. Igor Shovkovy
(Arizona State University)
physics of graphene, quantum field theory,
dense matter in nuclear/particle physics.
March 2 - March 15, 2014
room 433 (4th floor, main research building)


Prof. Gordon Baym
(Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
cold atom physics, condensed matter physics, dense matter and neutron stars http://physics.illinois.edu/people/profile.asp?gbaym
March 18 - April 10, 2014
room 433 (4th floor, main research building)