- 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
・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
・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
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)
“Sir Anthony James Leggett Visit Program 2011-2013” (English)
・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”.