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Shigeru Yoshida
Shigeru Yoshida
Affiliation / Job Title

Department of Physics / Professor, Director of ICEHAP

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Neutrino Astronomy, Particle Astrophysics

Research Topics

Search for high-energy cosmic ray sources in space using neutrinos.
Development of related detectors.

A word about my research

It is a study that makes you realize the depth of the universe.

Awards

2019 The 65th Nishina Memorial Prize
2014 The 5th Yoji Totsuka Memorial Prize

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A
  • The series of books of Dr. Dolittle. :
    I was insanely jealous that he could talk to animals.
  • Treasure Island :
    I remember having a strong impression of Captain John Silver.
  • Journey to the West :
    Like Treasure Island, I guess I like adventure stories.
  • King Solomon's Ring (by Konrad Lorenz) :
    This is a great book that interested me in becoming a zoologist after being influenced by Dr.
    Dolittle. It was one of my dreams until I went to junior high school and met physics.
Q

What do you like about physics?

A

The practice of exploring and understanding the fundamental principles of nature. An attempt to answer the basic questions about nature.

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What is the driving force behind your research?

A

The desire to know what no-one else knew, to understand what nobody else could have understood.

Q

A message for middle and high school students

A

Find something that you can say, I'll bet my life on this. It doesn't matter what it is. If you think that if it doesn't work out, you can find another way, you will gain courage. It's more satisfying than regretting not to try.

Aya Ishihara
Aya Ishihara
Affiliation / Job Title

Institute for Global Prominent Research and Department of Physics / Professor

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Neutrino Astronomy, Particle Astronomy

Research Topics

Search for high-energy particle emitting objects in space using neutrinos. Development of related detectors.

A word about my research

Using neutrinos, I study the high-energy phenomena that exist in the universe.

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A

I like adventure fantasies such as Satoru Sato's The Tale of the Colobockle, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and Nahoko Uehashi's The Guardian series.

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What do you like about physics?

A

Doing physics is like an adventure in imagination. It will take you everywhere. Moreover, it is an adventure of the real world.

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What is the driving force behind your research?

A

Having the feeling of wanting to know more

Q

A message for middle and high school students

A

Find sometime to see what kind of things interest you naturally.Your interests are the most important factor in your life.

Ryo Nagai
Ryo Nagai
Affiliation / Job Title

Institute for Global Prominent Research and Department of Physics / Project Assistant Professor

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Particle Astrophysics

Research Topics

High Energy Particle Astrophysics

A word about my research

Development of new detectors for particle physics experiments, and search for new physics using neutrino detectors

Awards

2017 Tokyo Institute of Technology, Seiichi Tejima Research Award (Doctoral Dissertation Award)

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A

Since I didn't read many books as a child, I didn't particularly like or feel impressed by books. But I did read novels by Osamu Dazai and Ryunosuke Akutagawa because they were available... If I could pick magazines, I used to read "Skywatcher," a monthly magazine about star watching.
When I was in college, I used to read a lot, mainly editorials and such, but the book that impressed me was John Locke's "Of the Conduct of the Understanding."

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What do you like about physics?

A

I like how phenomena can be explained with simple models.

Q

What is the driving force behind your research?

A

If there is something I don't understand, it becomes a driving force.

Q

A message for middle and high school students

A

I think it is interesting to think about the background of various things in the world.
I also think it is important to discuss things with others without fear of making mistakes or failures.

Nobuhiro Shimizu
Nobuhiro Shimizu
Affiliation / Job Title

Department of Physics / Assistant Professor

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Neutrino Astronomy, Particle Astrophysics

Research Topics

Search for high-energy particle emitting objects in space using neutrinos.
Development of related detectors.

A word about my research

I research to reveal the messages given to us by the larger scale of the universe.

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A

I loved "Picture Books of National Flags", that introduced various national flags.
I think I was curious to see all the different characteristics in a small flag.

Q

What do you like about physics?

A

I think it's a good culture where everyone can frankly share their opinions and enhance each other's knowledge on the common research subject of nature.
Also, there is nothing like the joy of thinking about a theory and being able to figure it out.

Q

What is the driving force behind your research?

A

It is how I can encounter ideas, knowledge, and values that I have never experienced before.

Q

A message for middle and high school students

A

I hope that you will cherish the feeling of why and achieve your own independence of thought.

Colton Hill
Colton Hill
Affiliation / Job Title

Department of Physics / Specially Appointed Researcher

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Neutrino Physics, Hardware, Software

Research Topics

Astrophysical Neutrinos, IceCube Upgrade Hardware: D-Egg

A word about my research

IceCube is eagerly looking forward to making new discoveries about the fundamentals of neutrino physics and their role in the universe.

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A

'October Sky' - an inspiring story about young high school students during the dawn of the Space Race.)

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What do you like about physics?

A

Many different kinds of people from different places are able to work together towards the goal of discovery and understanding.

Q

What is the driving force behind your research?

A

To keep pushing the boundaries of our knowledge and understanding.

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A message for middle and high school students

A

Do not become discouraged if you do not understand something, even Feynman was a student once.

Maximilian Meier
Maximilian Meier
Affiliation / Job Title

Department of Physics / Specially Appointed Researcher

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Astrophysical tau neutrinos, GZK neutrinos, IceCube, Machine learning

Research Topics

GZK neutrinos, D-Eggs

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A

A Song of Ice and Fire

Q

What do you like about physics?

A

I’m a curious person. I want to know how things work and understand them!

Q

What is the driving force behind your research?

A

Solving difficult problems can be really fulfilling! And I like to teach the things I’ve learned to other people.

Q

A message for middle and high school students

A

If you’re interested in science, learning programming as early as possible will help you greatly.

Ryoji Matsumoto
Ryoji Matsumoto
Affiliation / Job Title

Department of Physics / Professor

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Astrophysics

Research Topics

Astrophysics, Magnetohydrodynamics, Numerical simulation

A word about my research

I am studying astrophysical phenomena involving magnetic fields. My research interests range from the Sun to cluster of galaxies.
In particular, I aim to elucidate the activity of accretion disks around black holes.

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A

I used to read biographies of scientists. I also liked to read books on astronomy.

Q

What do you like about physics?

A

The ability to explain various phenomena based on basic principles.

Q

What is the driving force behind your research?

A

Astronomical phenomena are being discovered one after another. The joy of predicting a new phenomenon and then it is really observed..

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A message for middle and high school students

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I believe that the ability to learn new things peaks when you are in middle school or high school.
Don't miss this period and study as hard as you can to reach the highest level.

Tomoyuki Hanawa
Tomoyuki Hanawa
Affiliation / Job Title

Center for Frontier Science / Professor

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Astrophysics

Research Topics

Star Formation, Numerical Hydrodynamics

A word about my research

I am interested in the birth of stars and planets, and the protoplanetary disks that form during this process. I am also interested in improving the accuracy of numerical simulations.

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A

I used to get a magazine called Gakken Science. I remember reading an interesting book about the legend of the constellations by Hoh'ei Nojiri. When I was a schoolboy, I liked reading detective stories such as Sherlock Holmes. I don't remember reading any physics books as a child.

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What do you like about physics?

A

I like it because there are few fundamental laws.
(I teach physics but consider myself an astronomer.)

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What is the driving force behind your research?

A

The main thing is the fun of the problem considered. I feel joy when I find a simple law.

Yosuke Matsumoto
Yosuke Matsumoto
Affiliation / Job Title

Institute for Global Prominent Research and Department of Physics / Project Associate Professor

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Space and Astrophysical Plasma Physics, Computational Physics

Research Topics

Space and Astrophysical Plasma Physics, Computational Physics

A word about my research

It is how high-energy particles are formed. Using a Supercomputer to Uncover the Fundamental Mechanism

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A

A Brief History of Time

Q

What do you like about physics?

A

Where it shows unexpected behavior.

Q

What is the driving force behind your research?

A

My personality that likes new things, MONEY

Q

A message for middle and high school students

A

Enjoy the moment.

Tomoaki Ishiyama
Tomoaki Ishiyama
Affiliation / Job Title

Institute of Management and Information Technologies / Associate Professor

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Astrophysics, High-Performance Computing

Research Topics

Dark Matter, High Performance Computing

A word about my research

Astrophysics, Dark Matter, High Performance Computing

Hideyuki Hotta
Hideyuki Hotta
Affiliation / Job Title

Department of Physics / Associate Professor

Degrees

Ph.D.

Specialities

Particle Astrophysics

Research Topics

Solar Physics

A word about my research

The study of the solar interior and the mysteries of the 11-year cycle of solar activity.

Awards

2018 Young Researcher Award(AAPPS-DPP)
2018 GP Symposium Excellence Award (Chiba University)
2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Finalist Selected (International Conference for High Performance Comuputing, Networking, Strorage and Analysis)
2014 The University of Tokyo Research Encouragement Award (Doctor course)
2011 Asia Pacific Solar Physics Meeting Best Paper Award
2011 The University of Tokyo Research Encouragement Award (Master course)

Questions
Q

What was your favorite book as a child or a book that impressed you?

A

Two Years' Vacation

Q

What do you like about physics?

A

Since we do not have to understand what humans have determined.

Q

What is the driving force behind your research?

A

The joy of discovering new things.

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A message for middle and high school students

A

The universe is still full of mysteries. I hope you will try to solve these mysteries in the future.