Graduate School of Science
Hokkaido University

International Course in Graduate School of Science

Cosmosciences

Cosmosciences

Many discoveries about the Universe in recent years have prompted us to reshape established paradigms, academic disciplines and our view of the world. For example, we now know that expanding Universe is also accelerating, that there are many planets outside of our Solar System, that dark matter and dark energy are the dominant components in the Universe, and that cosmic dust has been discovered in the very early Universe. These advances have been obtained by breaking down the conventional boundaries between physics, astronomy, planetary science and Earth science, allowing scientists to understand the Universe from its smallest elements through a full range of scientific methods.

Researchers at Hokkaido University have applied their wide selection of expertise to exploring the Universe over its breathtaking scale. Our interests run from elementary particles and atomic nuclei through to celestial objects such as the Earth and planets and the scale and formation of the Universe itself. In addition, we are committed to sharing these research activities through continuous education.

Our department, which was newly established in 2006, consists of three laboratories belonging to the Department of Physics, one laboratory belonging to the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, two laboratories belonging to the Institute of Low Temperature Science (ILTS), and one laboratory belonging to the Information Initiative Center (IIC). In addition to this, researchers in the Nuclear Reaction Data Centre, and Spacecraft Observation join our department. In our department, education and research in physics, astronomy, planetary science and Earth science are combined closely with the goal of breaking free from the boundaries separating observation, experiment and theory. We hope that our students will go on to use their knowledge both in science, and also throughout society with their wide and flexible knowledge base.

Research Fields

Observational Astronomy

Theoretical Astrophysics

Theoretical Particle Physics

Theoretical Nuclear Physics

Planetary and Space Group

Astrophysical Chemistry /Ice and Planetary Science

Phase Transition Dynamics

Information Media Science

Nuclear Reaction Data Science

  • Tokio Fukahori
    Tokio Fukahori

    Professor

    PhD

    Fields of Specialty:Nuclear data, nuclear reactions, evaluation

    Compilation of data obtained in Japan on charged-particle and photo-induced nuclear reactions
    Evaluation of reaction data for light nuclei

  • Yoshiharu Hirabayashi
    Yoshiharu Hirabayashi

    Associate Professor

    PhD

    Fields of Specialty:Nuclear data, nuclear reactions, evaluation

    Compilation of data obtained in Japan on charged-particle and photo-induced nuclear reactions
    Evaluation of reaction data for light nuclei

  • Nobuyuki Iwamoto
    Nobuyuki Iwamoto

    Professor

    PhD

Spacecraft Observation (JAXA)

  • Takehiko Sato
    Takehiko Sato

    Professor

    PhD

    Fields of Specialty:Planetary exploration, infrared astronomy from space, radio astronomy from space

  • Yasuhiro Murata
    Yasuhiro Murata

    Associate Professor

    PhD

    Fields of Specialty:Planetary exploration, infrared astronomy from space, radio astronomy from space

  • Issei Yamamura
    Issei Yamamura

    Associate Professor

    PhD

    Fields of Specialty:Planetary exploration, infrared astronomy from space, radio astronomy from space