Institute in the Spotlight

Tohoku University: Physics at Tohoku University is all Around!

Every quarter we will shine a spotlight on an institute that makes an important contribution to Physics research. This time we are delighted to highlight Tohoku University.

Tohoku University is an internationally recognized research university, located in Sendai city, the northeastern part of Japan. Since its establishment in 1907, Tohoku University has contributed to the welfare of our global society through the creation of new knowledge and technological innovation.

Physics, along with materials science and chemistry, is our strong area of research. Our particularly strong sub-disciplines of physics include nuclear physics, particles and fields, optics, condensed matter physics, and above all, spintronics and spin-related studies.

Physics research at Tohoku University is being pursued not only in the Department of Physics, School of Science, but in School of Engineering and the university research institutes, such as Institute for Materials Research, Institute of Fluid Science, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, and WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research. This setting brings in diverse expertise and perspectives to enable Tohoku University's physics research to always stay vigorous and dynamic. As of April, 2015, taking advantage of our unique strength, Tohoku University will launch the International Graduate Program focusing on spintronics in collaboration with overseas leading universities, including Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.

Top research papers from the Physics Department of Tohoku University (publications in 2013 and 2014)

Spin-dependent tunneling and Coulomb blockade in ferromagnetic nanoparticles
Yakushiji, K., Mitani, S., Ernult, F., Takanashi, K., Fujimori, H.
Physics Reports , Volume 451, Issue 1, October 2007, Pages 1-35

Polynomial chaotic inflation in the Planck era
Nakayama, K., Takahashi, F., Yanagida, T.T.
Physics Letters B, Volume 725, Issues 1–3, 9 August 2013, Pages 111-114

Study of the correlation of scintillation decay and emission wavelength
Yanagida, T., Fujimoto, Y., Yamaji, A., Kawaguchi, N., Kamada, K., Totsuka, D., Fukuda, K., Yamanoi, K., Nishi, R., Kurosawa, S., Shimizu, T., Sarukura, N.
Radiation Measurements, Volume 55, August 2013, Pages 99-102

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Top Downloaded Articles (July – Sept 2014)

The effect of heat treatment on the physical properties of sol-gel derived ZnO thin films * Article
Raoufi, D.; Raoufi, T.
Applied Surface Science, Volume 255, Issue 11, March 2009, Pages 5812-5817

Raman spectroscopy in graphene * Review article
Malard, L.M.; Pimenta, M.A.; Dresselhaus, G.; Dresselhaus, M.S.
Physics Reports, Volume 473, Issue 5-6, April 2009, Pages 51-87