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Research
2019.09.06

  A research group including Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nakazawa, of the Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute for the Origin of Particles and the Universe (KMI), Nagoya University, detected a downward burst of gamma rays during lightning discharge with scintillation detectors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station at sea level in Japan. This research was published in Physical Review Letters on August 7, 2019.   Although lightning is a familiar natural phenomenon, thunderclouds still hold many mysteries. Terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs), which are …

News
2019.08.02

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 …

Job Opportunities
2019.08.01

The Division of Experimental Studies in KMI seeks to fill a full-time, non-tenure-track, designated Associate Professor position. The successful candidate is expected to participate in a flavor physics experiment using a high-energy accelerator, together with researchers at KMI, and also promote collaborative research with other groups in KMI, such as theoretical particle physics.   For more details, please read Associate Professor KMI-2019-1    

News
2019.06.28

  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 …

Research
2019.06.26

A research group including Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nakazawa, KMI, Nagoya University has observed high-energy radiation phenomena coming from thunder-clouds, and found a prolonged steady emission resulted in a short burst of radiation associated with a lightning discharge. The evolution of the phenomena strongly suggests the initial long emission is related with the triggering of the lightning. The research group was performing ground-based gamma-ray observation campaign aiming at winter thunder-clouds in Hokuriku-region. In the work, they observed a minute-long radiation from …

News
2019.04.24

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.   

Events
2019.04.24

Dr. Michihisa Takeuchi is newly assigned to KMI as an associate professor. His profile is here.    Dr. Takeuchi received his letters of appointment from Makoto Kobayashi, the director of KMI, on April 23, 2019. 

Events
2019.04.08

KMI held a workshop on “Future perspective in Cosmology and Gravity,” from April 2 through 4, 2019. Our goal of the workshop is to improve collaboration between KMI and Leung Center for Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics (LeCosPA), National Taiwan University. We had about 50 attendees including 11 people from Taiwan. This tremendous joy, I found this first workshop between KMI, Nagoya University and LeCosPA, National Taiwan University organized by Prof. Keisuke Izumi extremely inspiring. To my knowledge, this is a rather unique workshop in …

Research
2019.04.02

“Neutron is a massive and chargeless particle, which can be used for various precision measurements”, Associate Professor Masaaki Kitaguchi of KMI says. “We have successfully developed a new type of position sensitive detector with extremely-high resolution of 11 nm. It can be a strong tool for experiments with neutrons.” Nuclear emulsion is used for various experiments for particle physics with muons and neutrinos, which is also applied to imaging through a pyramid today. Nagoya University team is continuing to develop …

Research
2019.03.11

  On March 11th, 2019, Phase 3 operation of the SuperKEKB/Belle II project began successfully, marking a major milestone in the development of Japan’s leading particle collider. This phase will be the physics run of the project, in which the Belle II experiment will start taking data with a fully instrumented detector. The KEKB accelerator, operated from 1999 to 2010, currently holds the world record luminosity for an electron-positron collider. SuperKEKB, its successor, plans to reach a luminosity 40 times …