The ninth of the annual ISSP International workshop/symposium on New Perspectives in Spintronic and Mesoscopic Physics (NPSMP2015) were held in Kashiwa, Japan, from June 1 to 19, 2015. In particular, NPSMP 2015 was cosponsored by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Nano Spin Conversion Science.”

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Abstract Booklet PDF (17.1MB, version May 20) [The printed abstract booklet is available at the workshop/symposium reception desk.]

Symposium photos are available on Google Photo.

Excursion photos on Jun 13 are available on Google Photo.

Workshop Poster PDF


The workshop aims at harnessing two differently evolving but closely related sub-disciplines of condensed matter physics, i.e. mesoscopic and spintronic physics.

Mesoscopic physics has been an active research field since the 1980s, and has enabled us to elucidate the quantum mechanical nature of electrons by utilizing modern nano-fabrication technologies for semiconductors. Recent theoretical and experimental developments have deepened insight on mesoscopic systems, and also strengthened relationship with other research fields such as nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, quantum information, many-body quantum theory, fundamental theory of quantum mechanics, and so on. Physics of spintronics has also been evolving since the discovery of giant magnetoresistance in 1988. It now covers all the spin-related phenomena such as pure spin currents, spin injection, spin transfer torque, spin Hall effect, and so on. The spintronic physics is not only a basis of practical technologies, but also provides a variety of fundamental concepts relevant to mesoscopic physics such as spin diffusion, spin currents, Berry phases, and phenomena originated from spin-orbit interaction.

The goal of this workshop is to address important common future issues for both spintronic and mesoscopic physics by sharing recent theoretical and experimental developments in these research fields and to pave a way towards breakthrough in the interdisciplinary research area.

The first week (Jun 1-5) focuses on recent developments of the following research topics; nonequilibrium properties, quantum Hall effects, quantum dots, dynamics, their application to quantum information, transport in a single atomic-layer systems such as graphene, and topological matter, circuit QED systems, Andreev scattering, many-body effect (Kondo effect), and heat transport. Spin related research topics will be chosen to stimulate discussion among researchers in both spintronic and mesoscopic physics.

The second week (Jun 8-12) focuses on interdisciplinary topics. Two days (Jun 8,9) are devoted to seminars on spin related phenomena originated from spin-orbit interaction. The other three days are reserved for the international symposium (Jun 10-12). Key foreign and domestic researchers are invited to discuss various experimental and theoretical topics to find interesting common problems in this emergent interdisciplinary area and to grope for new direction of future study. For discussion from broader viewpoints, the symposium also treats related subjects such as oxide interfaces, NV center, surface transport and so on.

The final week (Jun 15-19) focuses on spintronic physics. Recent developments of spin pumping dynamics, spin accumulation, spin-charge transformation, spin Hall effect, magnon transport, Rashba interaction, and nanomanets are discussed. In addition to phenomenology and theoretical studies of effective models, first-principles calculation of spin-related quantities is treated. Discussion with researchers in mesoscopic physics will be promoted by picking out fundamental research topics closely related to electron coherence.


 Takeo Kato (Chair, ISSP, University of Tokyo)
 Yoshichika Otani (Chair, ISSP, University of Tokyo)
 Sadamichi Maekawa (ASRC, Japan Atomic Energy Agency)
 Gerrit E. W. Bauer (IMR, Tohoku University)
 Shingo Katsumoto (ISSP, University of Tokyo)
 Yasuhiro Tokura (University of Tsukuba)
 Mikio Eto (Keio University)
 Gen Tatara (CEMS RIKEN)
 Kensuke Kobayashi (Osaka University)

ISSP International Workshop/Symposium on New Perspectives in Spintronic and Mesoscopic Physics cosponsored by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Nano Spin Conversion Science.”