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Physics and Its Relation to Other Studies

The study of physics falls between abstract studies, such as mathematics, and practical studies, such as engineering, chemistry, biology, medicine, and earth and planetary sciences. The results of research in physics have been applied to other fields of study, and conversely the results of research in other fields have stimulated the development of physics. A historic example is the discoveries made from temperature measurements in blast-furnace engineering that became the source of quantum mechanics in physics. A more recent example might be the theory of relativity, which has lately been applied to GPS engineering, and is now used in our everyday life in the form of car navigation systems. Even in our department of physics, several joint research projects involving other disciplines are currently being conducted.

Research Fields in Department of Physics

Our Department of Physics has two courses; the “Physics Course” and the “Informatics Course”.

Physics Course

Research activities in present day physics span all scales of the universe, from elementary particles to the universe itself. The scope of research in the “Physics Course” covers all such scales. In the field of elementary particles or nuclear physics, the focus is on the micro-scale; smaller than a nucleus. In the field of physics of matter, the focus is on a macro-scale; larger than an atom. In the field of astrophysics, the focus is on a cosmological scale. Researchers in the "Physics Course" study natural phenomena at various scales both experimentally and theoretically.

Informatics Course

Information in present day society is very important in all aspects of its generation, transmission, recognition, and control. In the "Informatics Course" information phenomena are studied on the basis of mathematics and physics.

Pursuit of Law in Universe, Nature, and Society

How was the universe created and how did it evolve? How was matter produced and developed in the universe? In the group of “Theory of elementary particle and nuclear physics and astrophysics”, such subjects are pursued at a world-class level.

The group of “Experimental Nuclear Physics” is being challenged to answer, for example, whether a star will finish its life in a dramatic supernova explosion or end its life quietly, becoming a white dwarf. For such study, full use is made of the only tandem type accelerator in Western Japan.

In the group of “Fundamental Material Physics” the behavior of electrons in solids, metals, semiconductors, magnets and so on, are investigated in multi-extreme conditions, high pressure, high magnetic fields, and at low temperature.

The group of “Condensed Matter Theory and Statistical Physics” studies the nature of macroscopic systems, such as condensed matters, dissipative systems, living organisms, etc. by means of statistical mechanics. Its challenge is to understand macroscopic phenomena based upon the microscopic physics laws.

The group of “Complex Matter Science” studies complex matters such as liquids、disordered matters, polymers, bio-molecules and colloids, and tries to clarify the relationships between complex structures and macroscopic physical properties.

The group of “Quantum Physical Science” studies such materials as dielectrics or superconductors, mostly focusing on their surface properties. The nature of electrons is investigated experimentally or theoretically on a nano-scale.

The group of “Informatics Course” studies information science from the viewpoint of the foundations of sciences and as the tools for sciences. Information science itself theoretically studies information, including data and phenomena in the real world that is the source of human intelligence and sense, as a fundamental science.


Undergraduate School

Physics is the most fundamental of the natural sciences and various courses are provided in our department. Lectures cover the basics of physics, such as Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Statistical Physics, and Quantum Mechanics as well as looking at the Frontiers of Physics. Students have the chance to study more specialized fields including Condensed Matter Physics, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics and Crystal Physics. The Department of Physics also provides an “Informatics Course” separated from the “Physics Course” mentioned above. In the “Informatics Course” students can study the fundamentals of computer science and informatics.

Graduate School

What are the basic principles that govern the world of nature? What are the basic elements that make up the materials of nature? How can the various characteristics of matter in our universe be explained in terms of basic principles and elements? How was the universe, including nature, created? In our department, we are carrying out research and teaching that answer basic questions related to the structure of nature and materials. The fields of physics cover Elementary Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Fundamental Theory of Condensed Matters, Low Temperature Physics, Electronic Properties of Condensed Matters, and Complex Systems including Polymers and Liquids.

Research Groups

Theory of Elementary Particles
  • SUZUKI Hiroshi, Professor
  • TSUMURA Koji, Associate Professor
  • OTSUKA Hajime, Assistant Professor
  • UCHIDA Yoshiki, Assistant Professor
Theoretical study of elementary particle physics (quantum field theory, quantum anomaly, lattice gauge theory, exact renormalization group, beyond the standard model, model building, phenomenology and cosmology, superstring theory, unified theory, Calabi-Yau compactification, machine learning)
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Theory of Subatomic Physics and Astrophysics
  • HARADA Koji, Professor
  • OOKOUCHI Yutaka, Associate Professor
  • KOJIMA Kentaro, Associate Professor
  • NAKAZATO Ken'ichiro, Associate Professor
  • TAO Shuichiro, Assistant Professor
  • † Faculty of Arts and Science
Various aspects of theoretical subatomic physics and astrophysics (string theory, quantum field theory, unified theory, hadron physics, gravitational wave, supernova physics).
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Theoretical Nuclear Physics
  • OGATA Kazuyuki, Professor
  • OGAWA Shoya, Assistant Professor
Our group is making advanced research work on nuclear physics from theoretical point of view. Here the nucleus is a finite quantum-mechanical many-body system, which is composed of two kinds of elementary particles, protons and neutrons. We are also working on hadron physics, where the quarks and gluons are basic ingredients and they are govern by the fundamental theory of strong interaction, quantum chromodynamics (QCD).
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Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • YAMAMOTO Kazuhiro, Professor
  • KANNO Sugumi, Associate Professor
  • KURAMOCHI Yui, Assistant Proffessor
  • MATSUMURA Akira, Assistant Professor
Theoretical studies of cosmology, gravitation, and quantum information physics (cosmology and gravitation using quantum information science, quantum entanglement and quantum nature of gravity, quantum field theory of curved spacetime , cosmology, inflationary universe, gravitational waves, Tests of gravity and dark energy models with the large-scale structure of the universe)
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Experimental Particle Physics
  • KAWAGOE Kiyotomo, Professor
  • TOJO Junji, Associate Professor
  • YOSHIOKA Tamaki, Associate Professor
  • OTONO Hidetoshi, Assistant Professor
  • SUEHARA Taikan, Assistant Professor
  • MORITSU Manabu, Assistant Professor
Our group is conducting experimental research projects using state-of-the-art accelerators for understanding of the fundamental law of the universe. Our current projects are as follows:
  1. The ATLAS experiment at the LHC
  2. The International Linear Collider project
  3. Particle physics experiments using highly intense muon beams at J-PARC
  4. Fundamental physics experiments using low energy neutrons at J-PARC
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Experimental Nuclear Physics
  • WAKASA Tomotsugu, Professor
  • SAKAGUCHI Satoshi, Associate Professor
  • TERANISHI Takashi, Associate Professor
  • ICHIKAWA Yuichi, Associate Professor
  • NISHIBATA Hiroki, Assistant Professor
  • (MORITA Kosuke, Professor)
Our group studies nucleon and hadron many body systems experimentally. Accelerators in Kyushu University and in RIKEN and RCNP are used. Current research topics are as follows:
  1. Search for new superheavy element. Spectroscopic and chemical studies of the nuclei of the heaviest elements.
  2. Spin-isospin responses and nuclear medium effects in stable and unstable nuclei.
  3. Spectroscopy of neutron-rich or proton-rich unstable nuclei.
  4. Low-energy nuclear physics. Technical developments using Kyushu Tandem accelerator.
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Condensed Matter Theory
  • FUKUDA Jun-ichi, Professor
  • MATSUI Jun, Lecturer
Research topics in our group cover various phenomena in non-equilibrium systems and complex systems. Our focus is on theoretical and computational physics of soft condensed matter, and current research subjects include
  1. Self-organized structures and dynamics of liquid crystals
  2. Optical properties of ordered structures in soft matter
  3. Field theory of polymeric systems
  4. Poly-amorphism and crystallization
  5. Slowing dynamics near the glass transition
  6. Surface structure and dynamics in soft matters
  7. Theoretical models of active matter
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Statistical Physics
  • NOMURA Kiyohide, Associate Professor
Theoretical study of statistical physics and condensed matter, and related topics. Subjects include, but are not limited to,
  1. field theoretical approach of low dimensional quantum systems of spins and electrons.
  2. critical phenomena and nonlinear susceptibility.
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Theoretical Many-Body Physics
  • NOMURA Kentaro, Professor
Our group theoretically studies geometric quantum phenomena in solid-state condensed matter systems, such as quantum Hall effect, topological insulators / superconductors, Dirac / Weyl semimetals.Read More
Mathematical Physics
  • NARIKIYO Osamu, Associate Professor
Our group studies mathematical aspects of quantum systems with infinitely many degrees of freedom. Current research topics are as follows:
  1. Gauge theories without ghosts
  2. Long-range force or infrared divergence in QED
  3. Emergence of classical degrees of freedom
  4. Categorical quantum field theory in curved space-time
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Physics of Magnetism
  • WADA Hirofumi, Professor
  • MITSUDA Akihiro, Associate Professor
Our group studies magnetic properties of metallic materials (alloys and compounds) from both fundamental and applied aspects of physics. Current research topics are as follows:
  1. Magnetocaloric effect of first-order magnetic transition systems.
  2. High-field transport properties of itinerant electron metamagnetism.
  3. Valence instability of 4f electron systems.
  4. Exotic phase transitions of superconducting systems.
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Solid State Physics
  • KIMURA Takashi, Professor
  • OHNISHI Kohei, Assistant Professor
  • YAMADA Kazumasa, Assistant Professor
  • ARAI Takeshi, Research Associate
We are interested in electron-transport phenomena in nano-scale systems composed of different types of functional materials such as ferro- and antiferro-magnetic materials, superconductor, normal metal and insulator. Especially, we focus significantly on the influence of electron spin in the transports, so called spin-dependent transports. Moreover, understanding and manipulating the dynamical motions of spin is also important research subject. The specific example of the research subject is as follows.
  1. Understanding electrically and thermally driven spin-current transports
  2. Interplay between spin-polarized electron and cooper pair
  3. Nonlinear motion of nano-scale spin dynamics in patterned ferromagnetic film
  4. Development of novel nanoelectric devices such as spin memristor and spin filter
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Physics of Complex Systems
  • KIMURA Yasuyuki, Professor
  • INAGAKI Shio, Associate Professor
We are the experimental research group that investigates Non-equilibrium Physics of “soft materials” (e.g. colloids, polymers and liquid crystals). Much of the diversity in nature depends on the complex hierarchical ordering of these soft materials and their slow cooperative dynamics, that are the focus of our study. Dynamic self-assembly of soft materials, for instance, creates exquisite structures in living organisms that are under constant activation by their own metabolism. We investigate such nonequilibrium processes that obviously do not obey the statistics of thermodynamic equilibrium, by developing novel state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical techniques.Read More
Complex Fluids
  • MAEDA T. Yusuke, Associate Professor
Lab. of complex fluids studies non-equilibrium and nonlinear dynamics involved in biological systems from experiment and theoretical approaches. The goal of our laboratory is to bring novel understandings of physics of collective systems far from equilibrium. To answer " what if life?" from physical view points, primary efforts are focused in projects listed below:
  1. Fluid dynamics and transport phenomenon out of equilibrium
  2. Collective behaviors of active matters
  3. Biophysics of artificial cell assembly
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Biological Soft Matter
  • MIZUNO Daisuke, Professor
  • EBATA Hiroyuki, Assistant Professor
Why living organisms consist of soft materials? Complexity and versatility of biological systems arise when soft materials are driven far from equilibrium. We investigate the mechanism from physics perspectives, by measuring "softness" and "non-equilibrium properties" of soft matter.
  1. Exploring non-equilibrium relations in soft biological systems
  2. Microrheology of biological cells and tissues
  3. Violation of Fluctuation-Dissipation and Central Limiting theorems
  4. and their implication in living systems
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