新板 窮理図解

What kind of research are you going to target in the future?
      A number of problems remain unsolved, such as the origin of high-temperature superconductivity and mysteries of life, for which a variety of hypotheses have been proposed. Decades later, it is likely that these may become commonplace for humankind. Theories, which support experiments to prove why they are no longer mysteries, will have been established by that time. If these theories are easier to understand, they will be easier for humankind to use, contributing more to society.
      I believe that natural phenomena, though apparently complex, can be broken down into simple elements that could be explained by theories. I’d like to become the world’s first to bring such “easy-to-understand theories” to light.
      To refine and enhance experimental techniques is the best way to shed light on yet-to-be defined truths. Because experimental results contain a lot of clues to untangle complex natural phenomena, it’s very exciting to use these clues to solve puzzles.
      In the past, for example, I created a terahertz light pulse comparable to the then world’s highest-class electric field, and used it for optical control of matters – an attempt no one else had ever challenged. Soon after assuming a post at Keio University, I also acquired a world-leading technique capable of identifying information regarding polarization of light in the terahertz frequency domain, speedily and accurately. I’d like to continue to meet the challenge of yet-to-be-defined physical property problems taking advantage of our world’s top-class techniques.

How are you spending your free time?
      From junior high school days up to now, I have been an active member of an amateur brass band, playing the tuba.
      Many of my favorite pieces of music are marches. Since the tuba is used to beat out monotonous rhythms, people often tell me “It’s boring, isn’t it?” But I’d rather say that many pieces of music, for which I play the tuba, are simple yet moving. It’s fun. I like things simple just as I do when it comes to work.

What aspects do you think are good about Keio University?
      Teachers and administrative staff are all supportive and spare no effort to promote young and middle-class researchers like myself, for which I’m always grateful. My first impression of Keio upon assuming my post was that everything was well organized and everyone was cooperating with each other and appeared very eager to seek the highest possible achievements both in education and research. Given the superb educational environment, student’s levels of basic scholastic ability and appetite for learning are also very high, which makes me comfortable when learning and doing research with them. Synergistic effects of cooperation between teachers and students characterize Keio’s academic environment, ensuring high quality research.

photoSome words from students
Student : It’s no exaggeration to say that most of us, the Watanabe lab students, joined the lab first and foremost because of Dr. Watanabe’s attractive character. He is a gentle as well as very caring teacher. He assigns each one of us themes according to our individual ability and interest, and follows up exactly as should be. No wonder our lab has a very good and comfortable atmosphere for us all.

(Reporter & text writer: Madoka Tainaka)