GCOE Member

Member Introductions



Education/Job Career History

  • 2000, obtained Ph.D from Department of Physics, University of Tokyo
  • 2000 -- 2002, JSPS postdocoral fellow at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • 2000 -- 2005, Postdoctoral fellow at University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 -- 2007, Postdoctoral fellow at CEA Saclay, France
  • 2007 -- 2008, Assistant Professor at Korea Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2009 -- present, Associate Professor, specially appointed for Global COE program at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics

Research History

I have been studying theoretical aspects of string and quantum field theories, and applying them to different kind of problems from thermodynamics of black holes to construction of supersymmetric models of elementary particles.

Research Plan at GCOE

My reserch will be based on superstring theory, and will cover various problems in theorecical particle or gravitational physics. In particular, I would like to study the mathematical structure of string theory which leads to a unified view of theoretical physics. Recent developments have uncovered many examples in which the same physics can be descibed in terms of different dynamical variables -- duality. Some useful dualities are known to relate strong and weak coupling phases of quantum field theories, and some others relate gravity and gauge theories. A better understanding of these mysterious changes of variables will be crucial for the next big breakthrough in this area.


Kyoto is definitely an ideal place for fundamental research. I hope to have much time for deep learning of physics under global COE program.