May 5, 2007

Report on the Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan in Year 2006

I report on the Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan as below.

  1. Invited Fellow Researcher
    • Institution:
    • Name:
    • Nationality:
    • Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Utrecht
    • Gerardus ’t Hooft
    • The Netherlands

  2. Duration of the Stay
    • Accommodation:
    • Research institute:
    • OStatus in the host institute:
    • Housing in Noyori Conference Hall
    • Theoretical Particle Physics Group (E-ken), department of Physics
    • None

  3. Schedule during the Stay
  4. June 13. 2006 - July 1, 2007

  5. Schedule during the stay (date, research activities, name of the places to visit, and description of the visits )
    • Date
    • Research activities in the host institutes, name of the places to visit, and description of the visits (research and discussion, lecture, inspection, etc.)

    • 2006.11.20
    • Arrival in NagoyaiChubu International Airportj
      Welcome Party of 2006 International Workshop "Origin of Mass and Strong Coupling Gauge Theories (SCGT 06)" (Nagoya University, Chair: K. Yamawaki )

    • 2006.11.21 - 2006.11.24
    • Opening Lecture and Closing Lecture at The 2006 International Workshop "Origin of Mass and Strong Coupling Gauge Theories (SCGT 06)"

    • 2006.11.23
    • Public Lecture: "The Smallest Building Blocks of Matter" (at Nagoya University Symposion Hall). About 200 participants.

    • 2006.11.25 - 2006.11.26
    • Invited talk at "The Jubilee of the Sakata Model" (Nagoya University, Chair: K. Yamawaki )

    • 2006.11.27
    • Visited the Headquarter of JSPS.
      Lecture and Research Discussions at Department of Physics, University of Tokyo

    • 2006.11.28 - 2006.11.29
    • Research Discussions at Department of Physics, University of Tokyo

    • 2006.11.29 - 2006.12.10
    • Lectures and Research Discussions at Department of Physics, Nagoya University

    • 2006.12.4
    • Lecture "Complex transformations in space and time, and the cosmological constant problem"

    • 2006.12.5
    • Lecture "Black Holes in Elementary Particle Physics"

    • 2006.12.7
    • Colloquium "Determinism in Quantum Mechanics"

    • 2006.12.10
    • Moved to Kyoto

    • 2006. 12.11 - 2006. 12.13
    • Invited talk at "Yukawa-Tomonaga Centennial Symposium - Progress of Modern Physics -"

    • 2006.12.14
    • Left for the Netherlands from Kansai International Airport

  6. Description of and results from the invitation
  7. Professor ’t Hooft has achieved big breakthroughs over almost all crucial issues of modern particle theory. His Nobel prize citation was only on a part of his great achievements. According to his visit to Nagoya University this time, we have organized two international meetings at Nagoya: The 2006 International Workshop "Origin of Mass and Strong Coupling Gauge Theories (SCGT 06)" and The International Symposium: "The Jubilee of the Sakata Model". Giving both the Opening Lecture and the Concluding Remarks, Professor ’t Hooft played a principal role in the SCGT 06 which turned out to be very successful with 45 plenary talks presented including those by many prominent Physicists besides Professor ’t Hooft. The Proceedings of this workshop will be published by the World Scientific Publishing Co..

    In an evening during the SCGT 06 Professor ’t Hooft gave a public lecture telling his deep thought on the origin of matter based on his achievements, which very much impressed the general audience including those having no natural science background. Such a lecture stimulated up the cultural standard of Nagoya University.

    "The Jubilee of the Sakata Model" was to demonstrate the brilliant achievements made by late Professor Sakata at Nagoya University and his school. The attendance of Professor ’t Hooft at the symposium enhanced greatly the presence of Nagoya University in the world. The Proceedings will be published by the Progress of Theoretical Physics, Supplements and will include papers by many prominent physicists including Professor ’t Hooft and Professor Y. Nambu.

    During the stay at Nagoya University, Professor ’t Hooft further gave several lectures for graduate students and experts as well as a colloquium at Department of Physics. They stimulated research activity at Nagoya University. He also had discussions with Yamawaki group on the composite models of elementary particles, which were very useful.

    Professor ’t Hooft also gave lectures at University of Tokyo and stimulated activity in Tokyo area. After Nagoya stay he moved to Kyoto where he attended the Yukawa- Tomonaga Centennial Symposium’ held at Kyoto University, which also contributed to the Level up of the Japanese academic activity.

  8. Contribution by the invitee to the host institutes (e.g. motivation for young researchers, internationalization of a host institute as a whole, etc.)
  9. During the stay at Nagoya University Professor ’t Hooft gave great impact on the young physicists through two international meetings, SCGT 06 and The Jubilee of the Sakata Model, and also through public lecture and lectures for graduate students and colloquium. It was very useful for the young physicists to establish personal contact with him not only through physics discussions but also through conversations at lunch /dinner.

    The status of the workshop SCGT 06 got much higher than the previous four SCGT workshops thanks to the presence of Professor ’t Hooft.

    It was a good chance to let Professor ’t Hooft and eminent scientists in the world know that many crucial excellent works by Japanese were actually those by Nagoya University. International status of Nagoya University was thus much improved.

  10. Others