Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of Tokyo

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I have been working on space physics and astrophysics mainly from plasma physics point of view. It is now very well known that the universe is filled with plasmas, which are (fully or partially) ionized gases. The space and astrophysical plasmas are very dynamic and intriguing phenomena are going on everywhere in the universe. The ultimate goal of my research is to understand the physics behind them.

About Me

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Associate Professor
Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of Tokyo
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033, JAPAN

I finished PhD on March 2008 at the University of Tokyo under the guidance of Professor Masahiro Hoshino. I spent four years at Nagoya University as a postdoc. During the last six months of my postdoc (September 2011 to February 2012), I was also working at Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics at Heidelberg, Germany.

Research Interest

I am interested in a lot of things, some of which are listed below.

  • Acceleration and transport of energetic charged particles (cosmic rays)
  • Collisionless shocks
  • Magnetospheric physics
  • Relativistic plasmas
  • Plasma microinstabilities
  • Dusty plasmas
  • Development of algorithms for numerical simulations

Specific phenomena/objects to which my research may apply are

  • Planetary bow shocks
  • Interplanetary shocks
  • Supernova remnant shocks
  • Pulsar winds and their nebulae
  • Earth's magnetosphere
  • Interstellar medium

and some others. See Research page for details.