Quantum Materials Science Laboratory
|Staff & Contact|
|Educational Staff||Prof. Hisao Yanagi
Associate Prof. Hiroyuki Katsuki
Assistant Prof. Atsushi Ishizumi, Satoshi Tomita
|Contact ||TEL: +81-743-72-6011|
Education and Research Activities in the Laboratory
Electrons, when confined in a nanometer-sized space (1 nanometer = 10-9 m), remarkably begin to behave like waves. For example, an organic molecule can be considered as a quantum state in which electrons are confined in a nm space consisting of atoms connected together. Semiconductor nanoparticles show colors different from those of bulk solids due to this quantum size effect.
The Quantum Materials Science Laboratory studies molecules, crystals, nanoparticles, and ultrathin films of both organic and inorganic materials, utilizes various optics-based experimental approaches to clarify material properties from the viewpoint of quantum physics, and aims to create new functional materials that will be used in optical information-communication or environment-conscious devices in the future.
By controlling molecular alignment and crystal growth, we develop efficient light-emitting materials specifically aiming to realize organic lasers.
Using ultrafast lasers, we are attempting to observe and control quantum coherence in various quantum systems, such as solid para-H2, strong coupling cavity polaritons, and coherent phonons.
We are working on optical functionality of nanostructured materials such as environment-conscious nanoparticles and impurity-doped nanoparticles.
By assigning distinct functions to different artificial units much smaller than the wavelengths of light, we aim to create artificial materials (metamaterials) mimicking an intriguing property for light.
Explanatory Pictures of Research Activities
- Fig.1 Molecular crystal-based organic laser
- Fig. 2 Targets of coherent control
- Fig.3 Luminescence from impuritydoped semiconductor nanoparticles
- Fig.4 TMV/gold nanoparticle complexes
Recent Research Papers and Achievements
1. P.Riego, S. Tomita, K. Murakami, T. Kodama, N. Hosoito, H. Yanagi, and A. Berger, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 50, 19LT01 (2017).
2. V.-C. Nguyen, H. Katsuki, F. Sasaki, and H. Yanagi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 108, 261105 (2016).
3. H.Katsuki, K. Ohmori, T. Horie, H. Yanagi, and K. Ohmori, Phys. Rev. B 92, 094511 (2015).
4. A.Ishizumi, S. Fujita, and H. Yanagi, Opt. Mater. 33, 1116 (2011).