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School of High Energy Accelerator Science

The School of High Energy Accelerator Science consists of three departments: the Department of Accelerator Science, the Department of Materials Structure Science, and the Department of Particle and Nuclear Physics. These departments are affiliated with the Accelerator Laboratory (and the Applied Research Laboratory), the Institute of Materials Structure Science, and the Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies in the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK).

In the Department of Particle and Nuclear Physics, accelerator based high energy physics experiments through international collaborative projects as well as advanced theoretical research are performed in order to study and understand the origin of the cosmos and the ultimate structure of matter. In the Department of Materials Structure Science, structures of hard to soft materials and their functions are studied not only from a fundamental interest but also from an application point of view.
KEK develops and operates high-energy accelerators which provide various particle beams such as protons, electrons, positrons, neutrinos, X-rays, neutrons, and muons. In the Department of Accelerator Science, principles and components of the accelerator complexes are studied. The education programs are based on variety of research activities pursued by KEK, which provide wide range of graduate education for students.

Ogawa, Yujiro Dean

Ogawa, Yujiro
Dean
School of High Energy Accelerator Science

Special field: Accelerator Science

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High-energy particle accelerators are extremely powerful tools for exploring a wide range of building blocks and structures found in nature, from elementary particles and atomic nuclei to atoms, molecules, and even complex living organisms. In addition, beyond the field of natural science, applications of particle accelerators are being actively pursued in the fields of industry and medical science.
In the Department of Accelerator Science, students can conduct both theoretical and experimental research on the principles of accelerators and their related leading edge
technologies, and thereby endeavor to further advance natural science through the development of particle accelerators. Closely related subjects, such as radiation science, computer science, superconductivity engineering, and mechanical engineering can also be studied.

At the Institute of Materials Structure Science, we pursue leading edge researches on structures, functions and characteristics of hard to soft materials. The research studies concerning physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, agriculture, and medical science are performed by the use of advanced beams such as synchrotron radiation, neutrons, muons and slow positron, which are provided by state-of-the-art particle accelerators. We are also developing novel technologies for beam production and its utilization to make major contributions to materials science.

Both particle physics and nuclear physics are among the most fundamental areas of basic science, and they are the sources of new frontiers in physical concepts and methods that are the basis of modern science; these subjects involve the pursuit of the most fundamental principles of nature and the exploration of the basic structure and building blocks of matter.
In this department, we conduct both theoretical and experimental researches in particle and nuclear physics. The theoretical investigations include not only those in particle and nuclear physics but also those in cosmology and astrophysics. The experimental investigations are conducted by means of colliding beam accelerators and various beams from high-intensity proton accelerators.
In addition, related research in physics, including the R&D of new devices, methods, and their applications, is pursued in a versatile manner.

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