Research a Wide Range of Topics Covering the Basics and Applied Fields

Our Master’s and Doctoral Programs in physics were first introduced in 1964. Here, we carry out cutting-edge research covering both basic and applied studies for a wide range of fields such as nuclear physics, astroparticle physics, and condensed matter physics. Our physics programs are actively involved in joint research ventures with other universities, corporations and research institutions at overseas universities as well.

Basic Educational Policies for the Konan University Graduate School of Natural Science’s Physics Program

Polish Your Expertise and Participate in a Diverse Array of Fields

The aim of this program is to cultivate graduates capable of building upon basic research experience as well as to create highly skilled technicians who can appropriately connect methodologies acquired in physics with actual engineering applications. The majority of graduates from our Master’s Program enter the private sector upon finishing their degree. After completing the Doctoral Program, graduates go on to be actively involved as researchers at university, technical college and national and public research institutions.

Master’s / Doctoral Program

Theoretical Astrophysics

Studies on star/galaxy formation, supernovae, and gamma-ray bursts by numerical simulations and observations.

Investigator Subject of Research
INOUE, Tsuyoshi
SUSA, Hajime
(Master's/Doctoral Program)
1) The formation of first stars/galaxies in the universe by means of radiation hydrodynamical and magneto hydrodynamical simulations.
2) Acceleration of high energy cosmic rays at shock wave induced by supernova explosion.
Nuclear Physics

Experimental study of nuclear structure and nuclear reactions. Experimental equipment for radiation detection and measurement. Data analysis.

Investigator Subject of Research
AKIMUNE, Hidetoshi
(Master's/Doctoral Program)
1) Nuclear astrophysics with laser-Compton scattering gamma-ray beams
2) Development of new generation of gamma-ray sources
3) Nuclear astrophysics and database for nuclear astrophysics in collaboration with the Université Libre de Bruxelles
Astroparticle Physics

Research of the fundamental physics based on the observation of the high energy phenomena in the universe.

Investigator Subject of Research
KAJINO, Fumiyoshi
YAMAMOTO, Tokonatsu
(Master's/Doctoral Program)
1) Study of fundamental physics through the observation of very-high-energy gamma rays from black holes, supernova remnants using large size Cherenkov telescopes at high mountain.
2) Study of origin and production mechanism through the ultra-high-energy cosmic rays using a large size cosmic ray telescope to be mounted on the International Space Station.
3) Developments of advanced observation equipments.
4) Simulation for the observation of the very-high-energy gamma rays and ultra-high-energy cosmic rays.
Semiconductor physics

Formation of nano-structured semiconductors and their application to optical devices.

Investigator Subject of Research
UMEZU, Ikurou
(Master's/Doctoral Program)
1) Growth mechanism of nano-materials during very strong non-equilibrium processes.
2) Formation of novel photo-voltaic and photo-catalytic nanostructured semiconductors by pulsed laser processing.
3) Optical and structural properties of semiconductor nanocrystal aggregates.
4) Energy transfer in nanocrystal complex.
Solid state spectroscopy

Experimental study of optical properties of solid state material and their nanostructures.

Investigator Subject of Research
AOKI, Tamao
(Master's/Doctoral Program)
1) Optical study on excited states of solid state materials, such as excitons.
2) Fabrication and optical study of nano particles, aggregates and thin films of aromatic molecules.
Electron Physics

Experimental studies of spintronics, quantum transport, and electron spectroscopy.

Investigator Subject of Research
KOBORI, Hiromi
(Master's/Doctoral Program)
1) Spintronics on transition metal oxides.
2) Quantum transport in magnetic materials and semiconductors.
3) Electronic structures in exotic superconductors, Mott insulators,
Kondo materials, and other correlated d- and f-electron systems.
Quantum Electronics, Quantum Optics

Research on linear and nonlinear optical phenomena in low-dimensional materials and their applications to optical functional devices.

Investigator Subject of Research
Hiroaki Ando
Ichida Masao
(Master's/Doctoral Program)
1) Optical nonlinear phenomena in low dimensional materials.
2) Novel optical effects related to electron spin.
3) Optical properties in nanocarbon materials.

Class subjects of Master's Physics Program (The Master’s Program in fiscal 2015 students)

  Class subjects Credits Required credits
Specialized subjects Compulsory Seminar in Physical ResearchⅠ 2 ・Specialized subjects : 16 credits
・Select compulsory A : more than 2 credis
・Select compulsory B : more than 2 credis
(It must acquire more than a total of 30 credits)
Seminar in Physical ResearchⅡ 2
Seminar in Physical ResearchⅢ 12
Select compulsory A Solid State Physics Ⅱ 2
Special Lecture on Nuclear Astrophysics 2
Topics in Astronomy 2
Special Lecture on PhysicsⅠ 2
Special Lecture on PhysicsⅡ 2
Select compulsory B Quantum Electronics 2
Electronic Properties of Materials 2
Physics of correlated electrons 2
Special Lecture on PhysicsⅢ 2
Special Lecture on PhysicsⅣ 2
Basic subjects Select compulsory C Topics in Quantum Mechanics A 2
Topics in Quantum Mechanics B 2
Solid State Physics 2
Physics of semiconductor materials 2
Topics in AstrophysicsⅠ 2
special lecture on nuclear physics 2
Astronomy 2
English for science and technology 2
Science literacy 2
Common subjects Intellectual Property Law 2

Class subjects of Doctoral Physics Program (The Doctoral Program in fiscal 2010 and later entering students)

  Class subjects Credits Required credits
Compulsory Advanced Lecture in Physics 2

・Compulsory : more than 2 credis
・Select compulsory : more than 2 credis
(It must acquire more than a total of 10 credits)

Seminar in Physical ResearchⅢ 2
Seminar in Physical ResearchⅣ 2
Seminar in Physical ResearchⅤ 2
Select compulsory Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar 2
Astroparticle Physics Seminar 2
Nuclear Physics Seminar 2
Quantum Electronics Seminar 2
Solid State Spectroscopy Seminar 2
Semiconductor Physics Seminar 2
Semi. Condensed Matter Phys.Ele. Phenom 2
Astroparticle Physics Seminar 2