Report on the JSPS Award for Eminent Scientists FY2013

Sir Anthony James Leggett Visit Program 2011 – 2013

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

May 12, 2013 – June 13, 2013 (33 days)

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 12 Arrival in Japan
May 13

Meeting with Prof. Fukuyama at the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo.
Travel to Kyoto from Tokyo.

May 14

Special Lecture at Kyoto University
“Superfluid 3-He: the early days as seen by a theorist ”
“Why can’t time run Backwards? “

May 15

Back in Tokyo

May 16 10:00–12:00

Meeting with the teaching assistants
May 21 08:40–10:10 Graduate school special intensive course “Topological quantum computation”

May 22 08:40–10:10

Graduate school special intensive course (Interactive lecture)
“Topological quantum computation”

May 23 08:40–10:10

Graduate school special intensive course
“Topological quantum computation”

May 28 08:40–10:10

Graduate school special intensive course
“Topological quantum computation”

13:00-15:00 Seminar at Ueda Lab ”Deceptively trivial looking problem concerning Bogoliubov quasiparticles”
May 29 08:40–10:10 Graduate school special intensive course (Interactive lecture) “Topological quantum computation”
May 30 08:40–10:10 Graduate school special intensive course “Topological quantum computation”
June 4 08:40–10:10 Graduate school special intensive course “Topological quantum computation”
June 5 08:40–10:10 Graduate school special intensive course (Interactive lecture) “Topological quantum computation”
13:00–14:30 Graduate school special intensive course (Interactive lecture) “Topological quantum computation”
June 6 08:40–10:10 Graduate school special intensive course “Topological quantum computation”
June 10 12:30-14:30 Participate in Fukuyama Lab colloquium
June 11 08:40–10:10 Graduate school special intensive course “Topological quantum computation”
June 12 08:40–10:10 Graduate school special intensive course (Interactive lecture) “Topological quantum computation”
13:00–14:30 Graduate school special intensive course (Interactive lecture) “Topological quantum computation”
June 13 08:40–10:10 Graduate school special intensive course (Interactive lecture) “Topological quantum computation” Depart Japan

5. Visit program details and results

Offices in charge of the visit program
Professor Fukuyama (Leader of Visiting Program)
Professor Masahito Ueda and Associate Professor Mio Murao
(Cooperators, Student supervisors)
Research Associate Matsui (Translator and interpretation)
Secretary, Fukuyama Lab (miscellaneous tasks)
Office of Internationalization Planning (Planning and arrangement of Visiting Program)
Research Support & Sponsored Research Office
(Administrative correspondence with JSPS and accounting)
Information Technology Team and Office of Communication (Filming lectures, Website)
Student Affairs Office, Department of Physics (Arrangement of the intensive course)
Main activities
Graduate school special intensive course
Course title: Special Topics in Physics AII “Topological quantum computation”
Department: Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science (2 credits)
Lecturer: Sir Anthony James Leggett
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Period: May 21 – June 13
(8 lectures by Prof. Leggett & 6 interactive lectures with student presentations and Q&A sessions and discussions)
Features & Achievements:

We had a theme different from last year which was “Topological quantum computation”, and a total of 14 intensive lectures were conducted.

Out of the 14 lectures, 8 lectures were conducted by Prof. Leggett, which were extremely interesting. The remaining 6 were interactive lectures which consisted in student presentations, Q & A sessions, and discussions. Doctoral students gave presentations based on their own research topics.

The students appreciated the fact that they were able receive comments from a Nobel Laureate, and considered it as an extremely rare and rich experience. This was also an excellent opportunity for the students to practice presentations in English. They will be putting these skills into practice at international conferences in future. This year there were more students applying for a presentation slot than expected that we had to add another lecture and we had a total of 6 interactive lectures.

Five students were commissioned to assist Prof. Leggett’s lecture preparations. Their work included TEX entering and data collecting, as well as editing of lecture notes. Through this experience the students were able communicate further with Prof. Leggett and this had a positive impact on students’ learning.

After further editing, these lecture notes will be used at other educational occasions and will be on the School of Science website. Moreover, students were also in charge of recording the lecture. The edited video shall be shared among other students.

A special room for Prof. Leggett was set up so that the students could freely visit 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 give lectures and discuss on their research. Thanks to these activities, the Japanese researchers were able to carry out research exchanges with a world-leading scientist at a very satisfactory level both quality and quantity wise. Comments and advices from Prof. Leggett have made a huge contribution to the development for physics research in Japan.

May 13-15 Research discussion and 2 lectures at Kyoto University Lecture for graduate students: “Superfluid 3-He: the early days as seen by a theorist” Lecture for both graduate and undergraduate students: “Why can’t time run Backwards? “
May 28 Speaker at a seminar at Ueda Lab, Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo ”Deceptively trivial looking problem concerning Bogoliubov quasiparticles”
June 10 Participate in Fukuyama Lab colloquium. (15 people) Discussion based on presentations by students.
Public relations for the visit program

6. Invited researcher’s contribution to the host organization
(Incentive for young researchers, internationalization for the host organization, etc.)

  1. We were delighted to receive Prof. Leggett, who is an internationally-respected authority in the field of condensed-matter physics. By organizing an intensive course lectured by such prominent figure, we were able to provide our graduate students with world-leading education. Even without studying or going abroad, the students were able to acquire international awareness and get essential tips on their research. During the 33 days of Prof. Leggett’s stay, students could visit his room individually to ask questions out of the lecture hours. Through this program, we made contribution to the campus globalization, which is one of the University’s main targets.
  2. In addition to the exchange with students, Prof. Leggett actively conducted seminars and discussions with a number of researchers from both University of Tokyo and external institutions, which not only contributed to upgrading of the University’s research level, but also provided the researchers with the latest exciting research information.
  3. Students were able to interact widely with Prof. Leggett by visiting Prof. Leggett’s office for further discussion and advice outside lectures.
  4. By publishing/releasing the lecture notes and videos via the websites, we contributed to the university-wide globalization.

7. Others

We achieved fruitful results again in this final year of the project. I would also like to make a remark on the fact that Prof. Leggett gave donations to the University this year too for the students who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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