Advanced core technology for creation and practical utilization of innovative properties and functions based upon optics and photonics

Strategic Objective

Pioneering next-generation photonics through the discovery and application of novel optical functions and properties

Research Supervisor

photo: Ken-ichi Kitayama
Ken-ichi Kitayama (Professor, The Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries.)


The goal of this research area is to produce disruptive innovation (innovation producing technologies under an entirely different standard of value that displaces existing values) in new fields of photonics that will meet future demands of society and industry through cross-disciplinary, multilayered integration and development of conventional optical sciences, while simultaneously working to clarify the fundamental principles sustaining the creation of new technological ideas. These efforts are aimed at the synthesis of new optical functional materials, the development of communication and network technologies using innovative techniques for controlling light, the visualization of microstructures with high temporal and spatial resolutions, and the creation of basic technologies and systems for complex light through integration with advanced mathematical sciences. This cross-disciplinary and coordinated approach toward further supporting a broad range of fields that includes the environment, energy, manufacturing, telecommunications, medical care, and security through the clarification, control, and application of such new optical physics and functions will lead to the formation of a higher-order social and industrial infrastructure capable of meeting various aspects of social demands, including precision, sensitivity, capacity, power consumption, and cost.
We will not limit ourselves to in-depth studies on technologies in a single field in this research area, but will keep a broad perspective that encompasses related fields of technology in an effort to conduct R&D that can create a new paradigm for merging dissimilar fields.

Research Area Advisors

・Miyoshi Ayama
Professor, Utsunomiya University

・Kazuhiro Ema
Professer, Sophia University, Faculty of Science and Technology

・Fumio Koyama
Professer, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Laboratory for Future Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Technology

・Tetsuro Takamatsu
Specially appointed Professor, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Department of Medical Photonics

・Koichiro Tanaka
Professor, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Science, Dept. of Physics

・Kazuo Hagimoto
President and CEO, NTT Electronics Corporation

・Tsutomu Hara
Managing Director, Director of Central Research Laboratory, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

・Yoshie Harada
Professor, Osaka University, Institute for Protein Research

・Kazuhiko Misawa
Professor, Tokyo University of Aguriculture and Technology, Department of Applied Physics

・Katsumi Midorikawa
Director, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics

・Mori Yusuke
Professor , Osaka University, Division of Electrical, Electronic and information Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering

Year Started : 2015

innovation of attosecond reaction dynamics controller

Research Director:
Kenichi L. Ishikawa(Professor, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo)

Creation of a Poincaré interface through the convergence of electronics and photonics

Research Director:
Akira Oiwa(Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University)

Superresolution of “physiological functions” and diagnostics of activity architecture in live cells

Research Director:
Takeharu Nagai(Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University)

Study on ultralow-latency optical computing by integrated nanophotonics

Research Director:
Masaya Notomi(Director, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation)

Research on quantum-mechanical operations, superconducting photon-number-resolving detectors, and waveguide circuits toward the realization of “ultimate” coherent communication

Research Director:
Akira Furusawa(Professor, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo)

Development of zero standby power consumption photonic router by integrating heterogeneous materials of magnetic materials, metals and semiconductors

Research Director:
Tetsuya Mizumoto(Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Year Started : 2016

Development of technology integrating photonics and biology using bio-reflectors from fish

Research Director:
Masakazu Iwasaka(Professor, Research Institute of Nanodevice and Biosystems, Hiroshima University)

Realization of deep UV semiconductor lasers and the study of ultra-high-concentration impurity and polarization semiconductors

Research Director:
Motoaki Iwaya(Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Meijo University)

Design of next-generation flexible photonic devices based on metal-halide perovskites

Research Director:
Yoshihiko Kanemitsu(Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University)

Development of pocket-size laser cooling system

Research Director:
Mikio Kozuma(Professor, Department of physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Development and applications of first-principles software for unified photonic and electronic systems

Research Director:
Kazuhiro Yabana(Professor, Center for Computational Sciences, University of Tsukuba)

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