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Dr. Tomohiro Abe from the Division of Theoretical Studies won the 15th Seitaro Nakamura Award of the year from the Particle Research Scholarship Foundation. The award named after Dr. Seitaro Nakamura (1913-2007), who had produced substantial researches on theoretical particle physics particularly on two-meson and beta decay, was established in 2006 in order to encourage young researchers for their future endeavors in particle physics and the related field. Awarded Paper: “The effect of the early kinetic decoupling in a fermionic …


Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) has been steadily improving the performance of its flagship electron-positron collider, SuperKEKB, since it produced its first electron-positron collisions in April 2018.  At 20:34 on 15th June 2020, SuperKEKB achieved the world’s highest instantaneous luminosity for a colliding-beam accelerator, setting a record of 2.22×1034 cm-2 s-1. Previously, the KEKB collider, which was SuperKEKB’s predecessor and was operated by KEK from 1999 to 2010, had achieved the world’s highest luminosity, reaching 2.11×1034 cm-2 s-1. KEKB’s record …


Prof. Junji Hisano has been appointed as the new Director of the Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute for the Origin of Particles and the Universe (KMI) on April 1st, 2020. KMI was founded in April 2010 after the Novel prize award in physics to Profs. Kobayashi and Maskawa for their discovery of origin of broken symmetry. Since then, KMI has been conducting theoretical, experimental and observational studies of elementary particles and the universe under the leadership of Profs. Kobayashi and Maskawa. This year, our …


The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) selected KMI’s proposal “International research network to reveal dark matter in the universe by multidisciplinary approach in particle and astrophysics” as one of the Core-to-Core programs.  The Core-to-Core program is designed to create top world-class research centers that partner over the long term with other core research institutions around the world in advancing research in leading-edge fields on issues of high international priority. The KMI’s project — International research network to reveal …


Prof. Chiho Nonaka, KMI, was selected to commend as a “particularly outstanding female researcher (who not only excels in research achievements and competence but is also expected to play an active role as a university director or manager in the near future)” by the Gender Equality Promotion Expert Committee of Nagoya University. The Commendation of top leaders among female researchers was one of programs of the MEXT’s Diversity Program – support for Female Researchers at Nagoya University. The commendation ceremony …


  June 21, 2019, Prof. Tom Browder (University of Hawaii) turned over the role of the Belle II spokesperson to Prof. Toru Iijima (Nagoya University, KMI).  The Belle II Experiment is an international collaboration of about 1000 physicists and engineers from 26 countries. Together we explore the fundamental secrets of the Universe with the SuperKEKB cutting-edge electron-positron collider and the new Belle II particle detector. I am greatly honored to be elected Spokesperson of this wonderful international team. Our experiment …


Dr. Kobayashi, the director of KMI, was inaugurated as the honorary director of Nagoya City Science Museum. “I will try my best so that young people are interested in science” says Makoto Kobayashi.  The inauguration ceremony was held at the Nagoya City Hall on April 23rd.   


The 17th Sakata-Hayakawa Lecture was held at Nagoya City Science Museum on Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Date: Saturday, January 26th, 2019. In The 17th Sakata-Hayakawa Lecture, we invited Dr. Taichiro Kugo, professor emeritus at Kyoto University/ deputy director of Maskawa-juku, Kyoto Sangyo University. More than 240 people attended the lecture and Professor Kugo answered their questions after his talk.  Speaker: Dr. Taichiro Kugo Title: 消えた真空エネルギー (The missing vacuum energy) See also:


The 4th KMI International Symposium (KMI2019) “Quest for the Origin of Particles and the Universe” Nagoya University, ES Hall | February 18-20, 2019  Webpage   The 2nd KMI school  (KMI school 2019) “Particle-Antiparticle Asymmetry in the Universe” Nagoya University, ES635 | February 21-23, 2019  Webpage


40 students from Koyo high school visited Prof. Toshihide Maskawa, the KMI director emeritus, at KMI on Wednesday, January 30th. Students gave presentations on their research in physics and mathematics, before they enjoyed a questions and answer session with Prof. Maskawa. In the end of the event, students presented a beautiful bouquet and the president of Koyo high school expressed their gratitude to Prof. Maskawa.