ISSP - The institute for Solid State Physics

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From the Director
Director MORI Hatsumi
Director Hatsumi MORI

The Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) was established in 1957 as a joint-use research institute attached to the University of Tokyo and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017. In every era, with the support of the science community, we aim to lead the frontier of condensed matter and materials sciences and contribute to science and technology from the view of basic research. We have promoted activities focused on research, education, and joint-use/joint-research.

In the first 23 years (Phase I: 1957-1979) at ISSP, we have established 20 departments (22 later) based upon scientific fields of physics, chemistry, and engineering. We have constructed advanced facilities and contributed to the improvement of condensed matter science in our country. In the next 16 years (Phase II: 1980-1995), in order to proceed “concentration” and “mobility” of research in condensed matter science, large-scale facilities and advanced equipment on extreme conditions in the areas of ultrahigh magnetic field, high power laser, surface science, ultra-low temperature, and very high pressure were constructed and proposed the facilities to join-use /joint-research. We have promoted collaborative researches in developments of advanced materials, measurement technologies, and theoretical studies. In this 23 year (Phase III: 1996 - present), we moved to the Kashiwa campus in 2000 to develop new research activities, aiming for pursuing new frontiers and being an international center of excellence on condensed matter and materials sciences.

The condensed matter and materials sciences have three axes: (1) conceptual axis (Design), (2) materials axis (Synthesis), and (3) investigation method axis (Characterization). Three axes interact mutually as a DSC cycle to promote positive spiral. This institute is organized by around 40 laboratories with small-, and medium-to-large-scale equipment and facilities. The former labs form three divisions: condensed matter science, condensed matter theory, and nanoscale science. The latter labs construct three facilities and two centers: material design and characterization lab., neutron science lab., international MegaGauss science lab., center of computational materials science, and laser and synchrotron research center (LASOR). All organizations work together to circulate the DSC cycle.

Furthermore, in 2017, the interdisciplinary groups, "Quantum Materials Group" and "Functional Materials Group", were born to cultivate new frontiers beyond the framework of traditional disciplines. In the quantum materials group, we aim to discover new quantum phenomena and new concepts with novel materials by developing research of strongly correlated electron system. In addition, in the functional materials group, we are targeting complicated and hierarchical materials and systems such as soft matters including biological materials and energy systems, where dynamics and their excited states of materials and systems have been studied. In 2018, young professors are appointed to each group, and we will challenge the interdisciplinary sciences in transversal groups.

Moreover, we will provide international opportunities in collaboration with domestic and overseas researchers to develop science and next generation human resources.

We will continue to lead the frontiers of condensed matter and materials sciences with ISSP spirit and devote to develop as the global center of excellence. We appreciate your continuous support and cooperation for our activities.

April, 2018
Hatsumi MORI