Overview of Graduate School
Center for Physics
Materials have a hierarchical structure such as elementary particles, nuclei, atoms, molecules, ions, solids, liquids,organisms, stars, and the universe. Correspondingly, the Center for Physics comprises research groups of elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, biological physics, and astrophysics. It also consists of a laser physics group and stresses education and research of condensed matter physics because it is a member of Graduate School of Science and Technology, and so industrial applications are regarded as important. All staff members in the various fields contribute to the basic education for graduate students. Basic lectures of various fields are given to instill deeper understanding of extensive physics, which is required for talented people who can adapt to any changes of surroundings and contribute to our society. Some part-time instructors also lecture on various fields the staff members do not cover.
A goal of education in graduate school is to produce independent researchers. To this end, the graduate students must gain both scientific knowledge and strong curiosity about scientific issues as well as courage and patience in difficult situations. They are able to acquire these characteristics from outstanding researchers who lead their groups.
Key words: General Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Laser Physics, Biophysics, Astrophysics