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.
School of High Energy Accelerator Science
Special field: Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics
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.