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April 2006

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Physics is the science that studies the simplest and most general regularities underlying natural phenomena. It deals with the fundamental questions on the properties and structure of matter, the laws governing the motion of matter, and the origin of the universe. Therefore, its concepts and laws constitute the basis of all the natural science. Furthermore, physics forms the foundation for the most important area of modern technology including electrical engineering, optical communication, nano-technology, soft materials, etc. Now, scientists in many countries are exploring new frontiers in physics such as structure of the Galaxy, complex system, and life system. Let's challenge resolving mysteries in nature together with us. The students who love physics are welcome.

The major research fields of Department of Physics in Yamaguchi University are Elementary particles, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Low temperature physics, strongly correlated Fermions, Polymer materials, Magnetism and rare earth metal compounds, Ferroelectrics, ferroelastics and related materials, and Incommensurate phases and structural transitions in dielectric crystals.

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Faculty Staff

Prof. Osamu KABURAKI
Research Field: Astrophysics
Lecture Subject: Special Topics in Astrophysics
Research Subjects: Theoretical Studies of Accretion Disks and MHD Jets

Prof. Junichiro HARA
Research Field: Theoretical Study of Condensed Matter
Lecture Subject: Advanced Statistical Physics
Research Subjects: Study of Proximity Effect of Superconductivity, Study of Quantum Fluid in Restricted Geometry

Prof. Hiroyuki MASHIYAMA
Research Field: Ferroelectrics, Condensed Matters and Crystal Physics
Lecture Subject: Structural Physics
Research Subjects: Structures and Properties of Ferroelectrics, Softening of Excitations in Crystal and Phase Transition, Domain Structure in Ferroelectrics and Ferroelastics

Prof. Toru SHIGEOKA
Research Field: Magnetism of Rare-earth Compounds
Lecture Subject: Pysics of Magnetism
Research Subjects: Magnetism and magnetic structures of rare-earth compounds with the ThCr2Si2 type

Prof. Takanao ASAHI
Research Field: Dielectrics
Lecture Subject: Advanced Solid State Physics
Research Subjects: Crystal structure, physical properties and phase transitions of ferroelectrics and ferroelastics

Prof. Kiyoshi SHIRAISHI
Research Field: Theoretical Physics
Lecture Subject: Particle Physics and Gravity
Research Subjects: Elementary particle physics, particle cosmology, theory of gravitation

Associate Prof. Masami ASHIDA
Research Field: Low Temperature Physics
Lecture Subject: Advanced Mathematical Physics
Research Subjects: Theoretical studies on supe-fluid state in He 3 and superconductivity

Associate Prof. Hironobu KASANO
Research Field: Dielectric physics, Crystal physics
Lecture Subject: Experiment in physics, Experiment in physics II
Research Subjects: An investigation of the structural phase transition in the dielectrics, An analysis of crystal structure

Associate Prof. Koji NOZAKI
Research Field: Polymer Physics
Lecture Subject: Condensed Matter Physics
Research Subjects: Crystal Structures and Solid-Solid Phase Transitions of Polymers and Long Chain Molecules, Kinetics of Solid-Solid Phase Transition, Molecular Devices

Associate Prof. Kenta FUJISAWA
Research Field: Astrophysics
Lecture Subject: Laboratory in Physics
Research Subjects: Radio Oservations of Quasars and Maser sources, Developments of on-line VLBI system

Assistant Prof. Kiyoaki WAJIMA
Research Field: Astrophysics
Lecture Subject: Laboratory in Physics
Research Subjects: Radio Oservations of Quasars and Maser sources

Assistant Prof. Tetsuya FUJIWARA
Research Field: Magnetism of Rare-earth Compounds
Lecture Subject: Physics Practice
Research Subjects: Magnetism and magnetic structures of rare-earth compounds under pressure


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Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Yamaguchi University, (c) June, 1998, Revised Apr. 1, 2006