JSPS awards for eminent scientists
 

Report on the JSPS Award for Eminent Scientists FY2012


  1. Host Researcher

    Name: Hiroshi Fukuyama
    Professor, Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo


  2. Invited eminent scientist (name, title and affiliation, nationality)

    Leggett, Anthony James
    Professor, Department of Physics, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    USA, UK


  3. Duration of the stay

    From May 7, 2012 – June 14, 2012 (39 days)



  4. 4. Schedule during the stay (date, research activities, name of the places to visit, and description of the visits )

    Year/Month/Day Visiting place/Contents
    May 7 Arrival in Japan
    May 8 First day at the Graduate School of Science of the University of Tokyo for “Sir Anthony James Leggett Visit Program 2011 – 2013”
    May 9

    Participation in Tonomura FIRST International Symposium on “Electron Microscopy and Gauge Fields” as an invited speaker

    May 10

    10:30–12:00  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions”

    May 11

    13:00–14:30  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions”

    May 14-16

    Leave Japan for Hong Kong to attend “Frontiers of Cold Atoms and Related Topics” (Schedule changed from May 13 -16 to May 14–16)

    May 17-19 Participation in TQP2012 at Nagoya University as an invited speaker
    May 22

    10:30–12:00  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions"

    May 24

    10:30–12:00  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions”

    May 25

    13:00–14:30  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions”

    May 29

    10:30–12:00  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions”

    12:10–13:00  Exchange of opinions with Prof. Yasuhiro IYE (Director of the Institute for Solid State Physics of the University of Tokyo)

    May 31

    10:30–12:00  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions”

    12:15–13:30  Meeting with 5 faculty members at the Department of Physics

    15:00–16:00  Courtesy visit to Sir David WARREN, HM Ambassador to Japan, at the British Embassy in Tokyo (Exchange of opinions including the possibility of co-hosting a public lecture in 2013)

    June 1

    13:00–14:30  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions” (Interactive lecture)

    16:30–18:00  Lecture for the Department of Physics Colloquium “Testing the limits of quantum mechanics: motivation, state of play, prospects”

    June 4

    10:00–13:00  Research discussion with Prof. Ishikawa (Osaka City University) about superfluid helium three

    June 5

    10:30–12:00  Graduate school special intensive course “Physics in Two Dimensions” (Interactive lecture)

    June 6

    10:00–16:00  Research discussion with Prof. Yin LIU (Pennsylvania State University)

    June 7

    10:30–12:00  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions”

    14:30–17:00  Seminar and research discussion with Dr. Ikegami and Dr. Kono
    “Probing chirality of superfluid 3He-A”

    June 8

    13:00–14:30  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions”

    June 11

    9:00–17:40   Participation in the Todai-Keio-RIKEN joint workshop Supersolidity in Nature as an invited speaker

    June 12

    10:30–12:00  Graduate school special intensive course
    “Physics in Two Dimensions” (Interactive lecture)

    June 14

    Left Japan



  5. 5. Visit program details and results

    Offices in charge of the visit program

    • Office of Internationalization Planning
    • (Bilingual secretary, public relation, translation, interpretation, and preparing JSPS documents)
    • Research Support & Sponsored Research Office
    • (Administrative correspondence with JSPS and accounting)
    • Information Technology Team (Videotaping lectures)
    • Student Affairs Office, Department of Physics (Arranging details of the intensive course)

    Main activities

    Graduate school special intensive course

    • Course title: Special Topics in Physics AII “Physics in Two Dimensions”
    • Department: Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science (2 credits)
    • Lecturer: Sir Anthony James Leggett
      (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
    • Period: May 10 – June 12
      (8 lectures by Prof. Leggett & 5 interactive lectures with student presentations)
    • Features & Achievements:

    13 intensive lectures were conducted with a different topic from last year. 8 lectures for the first half of the intensive course were conducted by Prof. Leggett, and 5 lectures for the second half of the course were interactive lectures that were composed of student presentations, Q & A sessions, and discussions. Student presentations were conducted mainly by doctoral students who prepared the presentations based on their own research topics. This is a rare opportunity to receive direct instructions from a Nobel Laureate, and the students could also practice making a presentation in English for their future presentations in international conferences. Five students were commissioned to assist Prof. Leggett’s lecture preparations (TEX entering and data collecting) as well as to edit lecture notes, through which they could have intimate exchange with Prof. Leggett. And this exchange made further educational effects. After finishing the on-going editing, the lecture notes will be published in “Bussei Kenkyu” and posted on the School’s website. Videotaping the lectures was assisted by students, too. The lecture videos will be posted on the UT Open Course Ware (The University of Tokyo lecture archive site), so that the lecture details can be shared not only in Japan but also abroad. In addition to the above, we prepared Prof. Leggett’s room where the students could visit freely and ask questions outside lecture hours.

    Other activities than the intensive course

    This year, Prof. Leggett attended a variety of international conferences, colloquia, and seminars described below to conduct lectures and research discussions. Thanks to these activities, immense amount of quality/quantity of research exchanges were made between Prof. Leggett (a world-leading scientist) and Japanese researchers, which made a huge contribution to the development for physics research in Japan.  

    ・Participation in Tonomura FIRST International Symposium on “Electron Microscopy and Gauge Fields” as an invited speaker (May 9)
      Lecture topic: "Majorana Fermions and Their Possible Occurrence on Half-Quantum Vortices in Helium-3 and Strontium Ruthenate"

    ・Participation in TQP2012 at Nagoya University as an invited speaker (May 17 – 19)
      Lecture topic: ”Some Remarks about Majorana Fermions and Their Use in Topological Quantum
    Computing”

    ・Exchange of opinions with Yasuhiro IYE (Director of the Institute for Solid State Physics of the University of Tokyo) (May 29)

    ・Meeting with 5 faculty members at the Department of Physics whose specialized fields are close to
    Prof. Leggett’s (May 31)

    ・Courtesy visit to Sir David WARREN, HM Ambassador to Japan, at the British Embassy in Tokyo (Exchange of opinions including the possibility of co-hosting a public lecture in 2013) (May 31)

    ・Lecture for the Colloquium of the Department of Physics (June 1)
    Lecture topic: “Testing the limits of quantum mechanics: motivation, state of play, prospects”

    ・Research discussion with Prof. Ishikawa (Osaka City University) about superfluid helium three
    (June 4)

    ・Research discussion with Prof. Yin LIU (Pennsylvania State University) (June 6)

    ・Informal seminar & discussion with Dr. Ikegami and Dr. Kono at RIKEN (June 7)
    “Probing chirality of superfluid 3He-A”

    ・Participation in the Todai-Keio-RIKEN joint workshop Supersolidity in Nature as an invited speaker
    (June 11)
    Lecture topic: “Rotational properties of quantum systems: general theoretical constraints”

    Public relations for the visit program

    ・Details about Prof. Leggett’s visit in 2012 were posted on the website of the School of Science, the University of Tokyo:
    “Sir Anthony James Leggett Visit Program 2011-2013” (Japanese)
    http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ja/event/leggett/index.html
    “Sir Anthony James Leggett Visit Program 2011-2013” (English)
      http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/event/leggett/
    ・Intensive lectures were videotaped and will be posted on the UT Open Course Ware of the University of Tokyo as soon as they are edited/confirmed.
    ・Posters for the intensive course were printed and distributed.
    ・Lecture notes will be edited and published in “Bussei Kenkyu”.


  6. 6. Invited researcher’s contribution to the host organization

    (Incentive for young researchers, internationalization for the host organization, etc.)

    (1) We could provide those students who attended the intensive course with world-leading education by delivering Prof. Leggett’s intensive course, who is an internationally-respected authority in the field of condensed-matter physics. Not only could students acquire international awareness, but they also could get tips on their research without going abroad. During the 35 days of Prof. Leggett’s stay, students could visit his room individually to ask questions out of the lecture hours. Through this program, we could also contribute to the campus globalization, which is one of the University’s action plans.

    (2) In addition to the exchange with students, this year, Prof. Leggett actively conducted seminars and discussions with a number of researchers from both Todai and external institutions, which not only contributed to upgrading of the University’s research level, but also provided the researchers with the latest research information and stimulation.

    (3) By publishing/releasing the lecture notes and videos via the websites as well as a science journal, we contributed to the university-wide globalization.

     

  7. Others

    Through this program, we could achieve fruitful results this year, too. This year again, Prof. Leggett donated 200,000 yen to the University for the students who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

     


 
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