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Happy Girl's Day

Today, March 3rd is celebrated as Girl's Day in Japan. It is a day to wish for healthy growth of young girls. What's special about the celebration is a display of dolls which dress in a way of old Heian-era. They are put on platforms with sometimes up to six steps, and called Hina-ningyo.

Upcoming Events

  • iTHES seminar
    March 3 (Mon), 2014, 13:00-
    Main Research Building, Room 109
    Prof. Cheng Lu (Dept. of Phys., Nanyang Normal Univ.)
    "Structural evolution of carbon dioxide under high pressure"

  • iTHES Seminar
    March 5 (Wed.), 2014, 15:00- (planned)
    Main building room 433 (planned)
    Igor Shovkovy (Arizona State University)
    "Magnetic Dance in a Quantum World"

  • iTHES-RIBF Joint Workshop
    March 5, 2014, Faculty of Science, Kyushu University
    Interdisciplinary workshop "Quarks, nuclei, and neutron stars"

  • iTHES-YITP Joint Workshop
    March 10 - 23, 2014, Yukawa Institute, Kyoto University
    "International Molecule-type Workshop on New correlations in exotic nuclei and advances of theoretical models"

  • iTHES-RIBF joint seminar
    March 25 (Tues), 2014, 15:30-
    Large conf. room, RIBF building 2F
    Prof. B. K. Agawal (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata)
    "Nuclear symmetry energy from nuclear observables"

  • Event Report

    An iTHES visitor, Dr Stefano Gandolfi, gave a seminar in the iTHES-RIBF Joint Seminar held at RIBF Conference Room on Feb. 26th. He delivered an excellent lecture on properties of the homogeneous and inhomogeneous neutron matter calculated with the Auxilially Field Diffusion Monte Carlo (AFDMC) method. He also discussed connections to the structure of the neutron star and to the nuclear energy density functionals. There was intense discussion after his presentation, including both theorists and experimentalists.

    Event report by Koji Hashimoto

    We have successfully finished the RIKEN-OIST joint mathphys workshop last week. It has been held for three days (25th-27th February 2014), and the main organizer was Dr. Shingo Torii of iTHES fund phys team and myself. https://sites.google.com/site/oistrikenjointworkshop2014/
    We have enjoyed 10 talks, 4 talks from RIKEN iTHES, 4 talks from OIST, 1 talk from U. Tokyo and 1 talk from U. Osaka/iTHES. In addition to the speakers, we have several more participants: iTHES group director prof. Hatsuda, and one student from Osaka U., and one student from OIST spin physics unit, and several more faculties from OIST.
    All the talks were very interesting and we enjoyed exciting discussions. Interestingly, most of the talks were focused into two categories: magnetic fields and spins. And these correlated in a organic manner, which was nice. People in OIST also enjoyed the workshop, and we thought this workshop was a good starting point for exchanging ideas between many institutions.

    Person of the Week

    Suyong Re
    I am a theoretical/computational chemist. I have joined Theoretical Molecular Science Laboratory since 2008. In the laboratory, a broad range of researchers, from young to old (as me) and from quantum to coarse-graining specialists, work together to explore the complex biological phenomena on the basis of molecular science by developing and applying the molecular simulation techniques.
    My current research focus is to figure out how do flexible biomolecules achieve precise biological functions. Main object is glycans (a chain of carbohydrates) that actively participate in the cellular processes such as cell-to-cell communication. Glycans are quite “shy”; barely show their molecular shape, veiling their functional mechanisms. Our ongoing efforts, with the aid of modern molecular simulation techniques, would soon unveil their shape and behavior in cellular environment; make glycans “showy”.
    I hope that further active collaborations in RIKEN with “showy” glycans would open new active research area.


    Prof. Bijay Kumar Agrawal
    (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics) Pairing reentrance in hot rotating nuclei Mar. 15 - 31,2014 room 159 (1st floor, main building)

    Dr. Tran Viet Nhan Hao
    (Tan Tao University) Nuclear Physics, Computational Physics Mar 15 - 30, 2014 room 159, (1st floor, main building)

    Prof. Lembit Sihver
    (Chalmers University of Technology, SWEDEN)
    Nuclear Science and Engineering
    Jan.20th - March 20th, 2014
    room 302 (3rd floor, RIBF building)

    Prof. Igor Shovkovy
    (Arizona State University)
    physics of graphene, quantum field theory,
    dense matter in nuclear/particle physics.
    March 2 - March 15, 2014
    room 433 (4th floor, main research building)

    Prof. Gordon Baym
    (Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
    cold atom physics, condensed matter physics,
    dense matter and neutron stars
    March 18 - April 10, 2014
    room 433 (4th floor, main research building)