[Frontier] Fully-controlled photons and their proactive usage for new era creation (FRONTIER)

※ Affiliations and titles are as of the end of the research activity.

Strategic Objects

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

Research Supervisor

photo:Ken-ichi Ueda

Ken-ichi Ueda (Professor Emeritus, The University of Electro-Communications)


It is said that light has no intrinsic limitations. The object of this research area is to test and attempt to overcome limitations using light. More specifically, the research area targets (1) research attempting to create new uses for light that can meet a variety of future demands of society in such areas as the environment, energy, manufacturing, telecommunications, and medical care; (2) research using phenomena that appears through the presence and mediation of light to break down walls of conventional fields, such as physics, chemistry, biology and engineering, and bring about great innovation; (3) research for establishing more universal principles and phenomena from the perspective of optical science through high-energy density physics, high field photon science, and studies on the properties of matter under extreme conditions; and (4) research for thoroughly investigating light sources and light-sensing, measuring, and imaging functions needed to implement the above items (1) – (3) and to make such functions available for new applications.
This research area will take a cross-disciplinary approach by actively exchanging information with researchers in other science/technology fields peripherally related to optical sciences and is aimed at producing new perspectives and ideas in advanced research on fields that treat diverse and complex phenomena.

Research Area Advisors

・Hiroaki Inoue
Former VP CTO, Oclaro Japan, Inc.

・Fumihiko Kannari
Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

・Shigeki Takeuchi
Professor, Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Kyoto University

・Mitsuo Takeda
Professor Emeritus, The University of Electro-Communications

・Hideo Tsukada
Manager, Central Research Laboratory, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

・Susumu Terakawa
Professor Emeritus, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine

・Hiroshi Toshiyoshi
Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

・Mutsuko Hatano
Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

・Yukari Matsuo
Professor, Department of Advanced Sciences, Hosei University

・Hiroaki Misawa
Specially-Appointed Professor, Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University

※Affiliations and titles are as of March 31, 2021.

Research Area Management Advisor

・Sinji Tsuji
Former Chief Researcher, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.

※Affiliations and titles are as of March 31, 2021

Year Started : 2015

Interrogating gene expression dynamics by single-cell imaging and optogenetics

Research Director:
Akihiro Isomura(Program-Specific Assistant Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Kyoto University)

Next-generation optogenetics led by new photoreceptive proteins

Research Director:
Keiichi Inoue(Associate Professor, The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo)

Precisive control of protein expression by light to completely reconstruct living presesses

Research Director:
Shinzi Ogasawara(PRESTO researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency)

Realization and applications of a quantum scanning near field optical microscopy

Research Director:
Ryo Okamoto(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering and Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto Univeristy)

Development of photo-reactive cancer treatment drugs with a new photochemical strategy.

Research Director:
Mikako Ogawa(Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University)

Control of chemical reactions using ultrafast charge migration processes

Research Director:
Tomoya Okino(Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Photonics, RIKEN)

Coherent Bidirectional Conversion between Optical and Microwave Photons using Electron Spins in Solids

Research Director:
Yuimaru Kubo(Staff Scientist (Group Leader), Quantum Dynamics Unit (Konstantinov Unit), Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University)

Fast three-dimensional imaging by utilizing non-diffracting and self-bending properties of light

Research Director:
Yuichi Kozawa(Associate Professor, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University)

Ultrafast and continuous optical waveform measurement by optical discrete time-frequency domain transform

Research Director:
Takahide Sakamoto(Senior Researcher, Lightwave Devices Laboratory, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)

Light-driven nanomotor by designed plasmons

Research Director:
Yoshito Tanaka(Assistant Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)

Ultrahigh intensity sub-terahertz surface-wave photonics

Research Director:
Shigeki Tokita(Associate Professor, Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University)

Towards probing fundamental Physics using a massive mechanical oscillator

Research Director:
Nobuyuki Matsumoto(Assistant professor, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tohoku University)

Magnetic Reconnection in a Relativistic Regime as a Novel Particle Source

Research Director:
Akifumi Yogo(Associate Professor, Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka Univesity)

Year Started : 2016

Elucidation of oxygen evolving mechanism of photosystem II using femtosecond pulse laser

Research Director:
Fusamichi Akita(Associate Professor, Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science, Okayama University)

Solid state quantum emitter engineering using group 4 elements

Research Director:
Takayuki Iwasaki(Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

In this research, we investigate how much enhancement of the emission rate in the ‘forbidden’ optical transition, e.g. multipole transition or multiphoton emission process, can be obtained by using laser induced atomic coherence. This is a basic study to develop a future technology of emission rate manipulation including weak interaction process.

Research Director:
Satoshi Uetake(Associate Professor, Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science, Okayama University)

Development of NIR mechanoluminescent materials as a new class of nanoprobes for in vivo imaging and analysis of tissue biomechanics.

Research Director:
Sunao Kamimura(Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering Department of Materials Science, Kyushu Institute of Technology)

Development of high-energy seed light source for realizing monocycle x-ray free-electron laser

Research Director:
Yuichiro Kida(PRESTO Researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency)

Luminescent Molecular Force Probes for Rheology and Mechanobiology

Research Director:
Shohei Saito(Associate Professor, Chemistry Department, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University)

Functional optical metasurface using organic electro-optic materials and its application to high-speed modulators

Research Director:
Takuo Tanemura(Associate Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

Instantaneous, simultaneous, and holographic multicolor sensing of multiple natural light sources

Research Director:
Tatsuki Tahara(Researcher, Applied Electromagnetic Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)

Investigation of the ionization mechanism of low-quantum state electron in the heavy ions by the relativistic electro-magnetic laser field

Research Director:
Mamiko Nishiuchi(Senior Principle Researcher, Quantum Beam Science Directorate, National Institute for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology)

Nonequilibrium physics in quantum many-body systems studied by intense terahertz electric field

Research Director:
Ryusuke Matsunaga (Associate Professor,The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo)

Ultra cold chemical reactions in an atom-ion hybrid system

Research Director:
Takashi Mukaiyama(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University)

Year Started : 2017

Development of molecular technology for next-generation bioimaging

Research Director:
Daisuke Asanuma (lecturer, The University of Tokyo)

Development of organic-inorganic hybrid interfaces for a one-photon sensing device

Research Director:
Ayumi Ishii (Associate Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, Teikyo University of Science)

Active regulation of cellular functions via photo-thermal conversion

Research Director:
Kotaro Oyama (Senior Researcher, Quantum Beam Science Research Directorate, National Institute for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology)

Development of extreme electronic spectroscopy for visualizing multi-dimensional chemical reaction dynamics

Research Director:
Hikaru Kuramochi (Associate Professor, Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences)

Ultracold molecular spectroscopy in a cavity enhanced optical lattice

Research Director:
Jun Kobayashi (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University)

Rotaxane-based mechanoprobes and the application in mechanobiology

Research Director:
Yoshimitsu Sagara (Associate Professor, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Photoregulation of fat metabolism

Research Director:
Mari Sato (Associate Professor, Graduate School of dental Medicine, Hokkaido University)

Light Holography Using Electron Beam

Research Director:
Takumi Sannomiya (Associate Professor, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

High-speed acoustic cytometry based on optical imaging

Research Director:
Keiichi Nakagawa (Lecturer, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo)

Allosteric Signal-Amplification Sensing

Research Director:
Gaku Fukuhara (Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Data-driven optical sensing and control

Research Director:
Ryoichi Horisaki (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)

Molecular imaging with ultra-high molecular sensitivity, spatial resolution, and temporal resolution

Research Director:
Takeo Minamikawa (Associate Professor, Institute of Post-LED Photonics, Tokushima University)

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