Department of Advanced Materials Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Research Groups

Takasada Shibauchi Group

Applied Physics [Quantum Phases of Matter]

Taka-hisa Arima Group


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Test your original idea by your own experiments.
Regardless of the results, you can enjoy science.

When I started research on superconductivity in the undergraduate course, I was impressed by the beauty of the BSC theory of superconductivity, which made significant and highly influential contributions to various other fields of physics as well. As the Nobel laureate P. W. Anderson phrased “More is different”, the interactions between many electrons in materials lead to a plethora of non-trivial phenomena. High-temperature superconductivity is one of these anomalous phases, which cannot be understood by the current standard theories of condensed matter physics.

In the field of materials science, we study many aspects of condensed matter. Therefore, even for students just started research, there are several opportunities for testing their own original ideas by designing and performing experiments by themselves. No matter how small your idea is, and no matter whether the results are positive or negative, you will find that it is actually the best part of science. Enjoy your research life in our department.

Professor Takasada Shibauchi


Professor Takasada-Shibauchi

  • 1990 B.Eng., Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo
  • 1993 Research Associate, Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo
  • 1999 Ph.D. (Eng.), University of Tokyo
  • 1999 Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 1999 Visiting Scientist, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
  • 2001 J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 2001 Associate Professor, Dept. Electronic Sci. & Eng., Kyoto University
  • 2005 Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Kyoto University
  • 2014 Professor, Department of Advanced Materials Science, University of Tokyo

Introduction of the study

Our research interests focus on the “Quantum Phases of Matter”, in which anomalous physical properties appear owing to the quantum effects of interacting electrons in materials. A complete understanding of these quantum phases is one of the most important issues in the condensed matter physics, and will provide a strong base for the fundamentals of next-generation functional materials. The current research projects include:

  1. Testing mechanisms of unconventional superconductivity by determination of the pairing symmetry,
  2. Physics of quantum criticality and its relation to high-temperature superconductivity,
  3. Clarifying the nature of the “hidden order” in the heavy fermion material, which has been a long  standing mystery, and
  4. Experimental verification of new states of matter that are predicted by theories, such as quantum spin  liquids in frustrated magnets and topological superconductivity with gapless edge states.

We design our own low-temperature measurement apparatuses, make original programs to control them, and develop new analyses by ourselves. These experiences will enhance your experimental skills, which may be helpful for your research career.

Message from a senior

Satoshi Kurata

Satoshi Kurata

I found that it is quite easy to talk to Professor Shibauchi, who is a leading researcher in the field of strongly correlated electron systems. He has a very sharp point of view, and I always benefit from discussion with him.

The topic of my study is the basic research on new types of superconductors, and sometimes we can get unexpected results. I look forward to your joining us and enjoying a stimulating research life together.