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Tonomura FIRST International Symposium on “Electron Microscopy and Gauge Fields”

Expectations for FIRST Tonomura Project by Dr. C. N. Yang

Expectations for FIRST Tonomura Project by Dr. A. J. Leggett

Expectations for FIRST Tonomura Project by Dr. Y. Aharonov

Dates and Venue

May 9 (Wednesday) – May 10 (Thursday), 2012
Keio Plaza Hotel
2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8330, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3344-0111, URL:


FIRST Tonomura Project aims at developing a 1.2 MV holography electron microscope capable of observing quantum phenomena in the microscopic world. This electron microscope is expected to contribute not only to the progress of cutting-edge advancements in materials science, life science and environmental technologies but also to contribute to the development of the fundamental science by opening up a new field in the quantum world. These targets will be discussed by distinguished scientists from all over the world including Nobel laureates Chen Ning Yang, Anthony J. Leggett, and Makoto Kobayashi, and to explore new fields of science and technology based on quantum effects. The symposium is open to the public as a part of an outreach activity. The symposium also aims at expanding activities of electron microscopy community and quantum science community especially among young scientists and engineers.

Invited Speakers

  • Aharonov, Yakir (Chapman University, USA and Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
  • Baym, Gordon (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Chen, Cheng-Hsuan (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  • Colliex, Christian (CNRS, France)
  • Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal (Peter Grünberg Institute Research Centre Jülich, Germany)
  • Fujikawa, Kazuo (RIKEN, Japan)
  • Haider, Maximilian (CEOS, Germany)
  • Hasegawa, Shuji (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Iijima, Sumio (Meijo University, NEC Corporation, and AIST, Japan)
  • Kobayashi, Makoto (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Nagoya University, Japan)(2008 Nobel Laureate in Physics)
  • Leggett, Anthony (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) (2003 Nobel Laureate in Physics)
  • Nagaosa, Naoto (University of Tokyo and RIKEN, Japan)
  • Nori, Franco (RIKEN, Japan and Univerisity of Michigan, USA)
  • Osakabe, Nobuyuki (Hitachi, Ltd., Japan)
  • Shindo, Daisuke (Tohoku University, Japan)
  • Smith, David (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Suenaga, Kazutomo (AIST)
  • Tollaksen, Jeff (Chapman University, USA)
  • Tonomura, Akira (Hitachi, Ltd., RIKEN, and OIST, Japan)
  • Tsai, Jaw-Shen (RIKEN, Japan)
  • Ueda, Masahito (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Yang, Chen Ning (Tsinghua University and Chinese University of Hong Kong, China, and State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA) (1957 Nobel Laureate in Physics)
  • Zhu, Yimei (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)

Invited Speakers

  • Kobayashi, Makoto (JSPS)

  • Yang, Chen Ning (Tsinghua Univ., Chinese Univ. Hong Kong, and SUNY)

  • Aharonov, Yakir (Tel-Aviv Univ. and Chapman Univ.)

  • Tollaksen, Jeff (Chapman Univ.)

  • Hasegawa, Shuji (Univ. Tokyo)

  • Shindo, Daisuke (Tohoku Univ.)

  • Osakabe, Nobuyuki (Hitachi)

  • Fujikawa, Kazuo (RIKEN)

  • Leggett, Anthony (Univ. Illinois)

  • Ueda, Masahito (Univ. Tokyo)

  • Tsai, Jaw-Shen (RIKEN)

  • Nagaosa, Naoto (Univ. Tokyo)

  • Baym, Gordon (Univ. Illinois)

  • Nori, Franco (RIKEN)

  • Iijima, Sumio (Meijo Univ., NEC, and AIST)

  • Suenaga, Kazutomo (AIST)

  • Shinada, Hiroyuki (Hitachi)

  • Haider, Maximilian (CEOS)

  • Chen, Cheng-Hsuan (National Taiwan Univ.)

  • Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal (Research Centre Jülich)

  • Zhu, Yimei (Brookhaven National Lab.)

  • Smith, David (Arizona State Univ.)

  • Colliex, Christian (CNRS)

  • Nakamura, Michiharu (JST)

  • Ono, Yoshimasa (RIKEN)

Organizing Committee

  • Zhu, Yimei (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA) Chair
  • Colliex, Christian (CNRS, France)
  • Fujikawa, Kazuo (RIKEN, Japan)
  • Tonomura, Akira (Hitachi, Ltd., RIKEN, and OIST, Japan)
  • Ueda, Masahito (University of Tokyo, Japan)


  • Ono, Yoshimasa (RIKEN, Japan)
  • Ohyama, Takeshi (Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan)


  • JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency)
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • OIST(Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation)
  • The Asahi Shimbun Company
  • Nikkei Inc.
  • Nikkei Science Inc.


No participation fee for the symposium (¥5,000 for the banquet)


To those who want to participate in the symposium: Fill in necessary information in the Registration Form and send the form as attached to symposium secretariat (e-mail: ).


For further information, please contact the symposium secretariat .

Day 1 (Wednesday, May 9. 2012)

9:00 – 9:30 Registration (at Room Aozora)
9:30 – 10:00 Welcome Address and Greeting (Chair: Y. Zhu)
  • A. Tonomura (Hitachi, Ltd., RIKEN, OIST) (10) (Video Letter)
  • M. Kobayashi (JSPS) (5)
  • Y. Zhu (Brookhaven National Laboratory) (15)
10:00 – 10:40 Plenary Session (Chair: K. Fujikawa)
  • C.N. Ynag (Tsinghua University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, State University of New York at Stony Brook) (20)
    "Topology and Gauge Transformation in Physics"
10:40 –11:00 Coffee Break (at Room Hikari)
11:00 – 12:00 Session 1 (Chair: G. Baym)
  • Y. Aharonov (Tel-Aviv University, Chapman University) (40)
    "On the Aharonov-Bohm Effect"
  • J. Tollaksen (Chapman University) (20)
    "A New Approach to Quantum Interference"
12:00 – 13:00 Session 2 (Chair: S. Hasegawa)
  • D. Shindo (Tohoku University) (20)
    "Basic Discoveries with the Electron Microscope"
  • N. Osakabe (Hitachi, Ltd.) (20)
    "How the Research to Verify the Aharonov-Bohm Effect Was Initiated at Hitachi"
  • K. Fujikawa (RIKEN)(20)
    "Second Quantization, Hidden Gauge Symmetry and Geometric Phases"
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30 –15:30 Session 3 (Chair: N. Nagaosa)
  • A.J. Leggett (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) (40)
    "Majorana Fermions and Their Possible Occurrence on Half-Quantum Vortices in Helium-3 and Strontium Ruthenate"
  • M. Ueda (University of Tokyo) (20)
    "Topological Aspects in Bose-Einstein Condensation"
15:30 –16:50 Session 4 (Chair: J.-S. Tsai)
  • N. Nagaosa (University of Tokyo, RIKEN) (30)
    "Spin Textures and Gauge Field in Frustrated Magnets"
  • G. Baym (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) (30)
    "Hanbury Brown–Twiss Interferometry of Charged Particles: Coulomb vs. Quantum Statistics"
  • F. Nori (RIKEN, University of Michigan) (20)
    "Electron Waves Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum"
16:50 – 17:00 Group Photo (at Room Aozora)
17:00 – 17:50 Poster Session and Coffee Break (at Room Hikari)
18:20 – 20:00 Banquet (at Room Akebono) (Coordinator: Y. Zhu)

Day 2 (Thursday, May 10, 2012)

9:00 – 10:35 Session 5 (Chair: Y. Zhu) (at Room Aozora)
  • S. Iijima (Meijo University) and K. Suenaga (AIST) (40)
    "Carbon Nanotube and Electron Microscopy"
  • A. Tonomura (Hitachi, Ltd., RIKEN, OIST) (15)
    "1.2 MV Holography Electron Microscope"
    (Presented by H. Shinada (Hitachi, Ltd) in place of Tonomura)
  • M. Haider (CEOS) (20)
    "Cs Correction for the High-Voltage Electron Microscope"
  • S. H. Chen (National Taiwan University) (20)
    "Atomic-Scale Observation of Inverse Charge Transfer at an Oxide Interface"
10:35 –10:50 Coffee Break (at Room Hikari)
10:50 – 11:50 Session 6 (Chair: D. Shindo)
  • R. Dunin-Borkowski (Peter Grünberg Institute, Research Centre Jülich)(30)
    "Opportunities for Chromatic Aberration Corrected High-Resolution and Lorentz Transmission Electron Microscopy"
  • Y. Zhu (Brookhaven National Laboratory) (30)
    "Visualizing Magnetic Monopoles, Dirac Strings, and the AB Effect"
11:50 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:40 Session 7 (Chair: D. Smith)
  • D. Smith (Arizona State University) (30)
    "Ultimate Resolution in the Electron Microscopy – Revisited?"
  • C. Colliex (CNRS) (40)
    "Mapping Atoms, Electrons and Fields with a Tiny Electron Beam"
14:40 – 14:50 Closing (Chair: Y.A. Ono)
  • M. Nakamura (JST)

Tonomura FIRST* International Workshop on “Challenges to New Developments in Electron Microscopy”

International Workshop in Review

International Workshop - Participating Researcher Interviews

1. Dates and Venue

November 8 (Monday) – 10 (Wednesday), 2010
Fuji-Soft Akihabara Building
3 Kanda-Nerihei-cho, Chiyada-ku, Tokyo 101-0022, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-5209-6285, Fax: +81-3-5209-5261

2. Purpose

To discuss present challenges and future prospects of high-resolution electron holography and electron microscopy in a panel discussion format by all-invited, distinguished scientists and engineers from all over the world and to explore possibilities of new research collaborations and new research directions. The main focus of the Workshop is on the observation of atoms, quantum-mechanical phenomena, and nano-scale electromagnetic behavior, and on the phase microscopy.

3. Session Topics

  • 1. "Can we detect electron phase shifts as precisely as 1/1000 of the electron wavelength? -What can be seen with it?-"
  • 2. "Cutting edges of electron holography – Electric and magnetic fields - "
  • 3. "New applications of electron microscopy and electron holography"
  • 4. "What can we observe at sub-angstrom resolution and how far can we Increase the point resolution?"
  • 5. "Can we observe atom shapes and atom bonding? -In relation to electron diffraction-"
  • 6. "Can we dispense with films and image-pick-up tubes? -High-resolution and high-quality image sensors-"
  • 7. "Can we observe atomic arrangements in the three dimensions?"

4. Invited Speakers and Panelists

  • Tonomura, Akira (Hitachi, RIKEN, and OIST)

  • Ono, Yoshimasa (RIKEN)

  • Lichte, Hannes (Technische Univ. Dresden)

  • Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E. (Technical Univ. Denmark)

  • Voelkl, Edgar (FEI)

  • Tanji, Takayoshi (Nagoya Univ.)

  • Shindo, Daisuke (Tohoku Univ.)

  • McCartney, Molly R. (Arizona State Univ.)

  • Hirayama, Tsukasa (Japan Fine Ceramics Center)

  • Murakami, Yasukazu (Tohoku Univ.)

  • Matsui, Yoshio (National Institute for Materials Science)

  • Colliex, Christian (CNRS)

  • Yanik, Mehmet F. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • Mori, Hirotaro (Osaka Univ.)

  • Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf (Univ. Antwerp)

  • Zaluzec, Nestor J. (Argonne National Lab.)

  • Howie, Archie (Univ. Cambridge)

  • Smith, David J. (Arizona State Univ.)

  • Takayanagi, Kunio (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

  • Suenaga, Kazutomo (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

  • Kondo, Yukihito (JEOL)

  • Inada, Hiromi (Hitachi High-Technologies)

  • Rose, Harald (Univ. Ulm)

  • Haider, Maximilian (CEOS)

  • Spence, John C. H. (Arizona State Univ.)

  • Zhu, Yimei (Brookhaven National Lab.)

  • Namba, Keiichi (Osaka Univ.)

  • Ellisman, Mark H. (Univ. California, San Diego)

  • Osakabe, Nobuyuki (Hitachi)

  • McMullan, Greg (MRC-LMB)

  • Midgley, Paul (Univ. Cambridge)

  • Mooney, Paul (Gatan)

  • Kaneko, Kenji (Kyusyu Univ.)

  • Koch, Christoph T. (Max Planck Institute for Metals Research)

  • Jin-nai, Hiroshi (Kyoto Institute of Technology)

  • Shimizu, Ryuichi (International Institute for Advanced Studies)

5. Organizing Committee:

  • Howie, Archibald (Univ. Cambridge)
  • Mori, Hirotaro (Osaka Univ.)
  • Shindo, Daisuke (Tohoku Univ.)
  • Spence, John C.H. (Arizona State University)
  • Tonomura, Akira (Hitachi and RIKEN)
  • Zhu, Yimei (Brookhaven National Laboratory)

6. Secretariat

  • Ono, Yoshimasa A. (RIKEN)

7. Sponsors:

8. Inquiry:

For further information, please contact the workshop secretariat.


* FIRST: Funding program for world-leading innovative research and development on science and technology