Coffee Meeting Log


Elucidation of Physics inside Neutron Stars from their Cooling Observations

Akira Dohi (Junior Research Associate, iTHEMS / Ph.D. Student, Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyushu University)

The densest stars in universe, neutron stars (NSs), cool down due to neutrino losses after their formation. Firstly, I will review about the NS cooling and the representative observations such as Cassiopeia A and possibly NS in supernova 1987A. NS cooling curves are affected by various uncertain physics which may work in NSs. One of the examples is nucleon superfluidty. I will introduce how the neutrons superfluidity can be specified by cooling observations. Another is modified-gravity or beyond-general-relativistic effect. If time is allowed, I also present the possibility to test the theory to describe gravity with use of cooling observations.


Quasi-steady problem and maximal regularity

Ken Furukawa (Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS / Postdoctoral Researcher, Prediction Science Laboratory, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR))

I will introduce a brief review of the theory of maximal regularity, and show application to quasi-steady partial differential equations of parabolic type.


On the story of renormalization

Kengo Kikuchi (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)


Recent progress in understanding the diversity of eukaryotes based on large scale sequence data-analyses

Euki Yazaki (Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)

Understanding the phylogenetic relationships of eukaryotes is one of the major research issues in evolutionary biology, since this is the backbone of all eukaryotic evolutionary studies. This research has the history of more than 300 years, and recent statistical analyses using large-scale sequence data has revealed significant progress. I would like to give an overview of the researches for elucidating the phylogenetic relationship of eukaryotes.


(Re-)Overview of iTHEMS and some annoucements

Tetsuo Hatsuda (Program Director, iTHEMS)


Single polymer chain model: bead spring model

Hiroshi Yokota (Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)

We frequently meet polymer in our life. For example, DNA in living cells or plastic bag made from polyethylene. In this talk, I will introduce the bead-spring model which is a theoretical model of polymer chain in polymer physics.


Thomas-Fermi theory

Yukimi Goto (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)

Although Thomas-Fermi (TF) theory is the original density functional theory, it cannot predict many properties of atoms. I will briefly review the mathematical point of view on the validity of TF theory.


Toward classification of algebraic varieties

Kenta Sato (Visiting Scientist, iTHEMS / Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics, Kyushu University)

An algebraic variety is a figure defined as the set of solutions of polynomial equations. In this talk, I will briefly explaine recent developments in the classification theory of algebraic varieties.

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Planetary lightning: Current State-of-the-art and outstanding questions

Jeremy Riousset (Florida Institute of Technology)


Instanton Floer homology and TQFT

Masaki Taniguchi (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)

I would like to review how to construct a TQFT like extension of Donaldson invariant. The main reference is "S. K. Donaldson. Floer homology groups in Yang-Mills theory, Vol. 147 of Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics.".

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Collective Power of Science ~ from the High-Energy Atmospheric Physics to our New Exploration of the Universe ~

Teruaki Enoto (Extreme natural phenomena RIKEN Hakubi Research Team)

Lightning discharges and thunderstorms have been recently revealed to exhibit unexpected high-energy phenomena, such as electron acceleration by atmospheric electric fields and photonuclear reactions by gamma rays from accelerated electrons. Our "Extreme natural phenomena RIKEN Hakubi Research Team" is a new group launched in January 2020, and working to create a new interdisciplinary field called the "high-energy atmospheric physics." We are constructing a new observation network for winter thunderclouds along the coast of the Sea of Japan. The heart of this research approach is the "Collective Power of Science". It is an attempt to create science not with a single large instrument, but with a combination of small, scalable instruments. We plan to apply this idea to space X-ray observations using CubeSats and lunar exploration to search for water on its surface using neutron signals generated by cosmic rays. Here I introduce our group activities.


Neural Turing Machines

Akinori Tanaka (Senior Research Scientist, iTHEMS)

I would like to review how to design 'trainable computer' in the context of recent deep learning techniques: arxiv: 1410.5401


Peeling tape as a reaction-diffusion system

Keisuke Taga (Waseda Universtiy)

When you peel a tape with appropriate velocity, you will find a sierpinski-gascket like fractal pattern on the peeled trace. It is known that this pattern is caused by a switching of a peeling front structure. In this talk, I will introduce a new model of reaction-diffusion system, which can describe this pattern formation.


On the ionization problem

Yukimi Goto (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)

From experiments, it seems that a neutral atom can only bind one or two extra electrons. This is a long standing open problem, sometimes referred to as the ionization conjecture. In this talk, I will briefly present the status of the conjecture.


Knots in Quantum Field Theory

Toshihiro Ota (Student Trainee, iTHEMS / Ph.D. Student, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University)

In our three dimensional space knots (or links) are ubiquitous, not only in physics or mathematics, but also in biology, chemistry etc. (Rather, knots might be more common in biology and chemistry...) When knots appear in our world, they often look too complicated to be classified or distinguished. In this talk I will briefly explain a way to deal with the classification of knots using the general ideas of quantum field theory.


What should we do about COVID-19?

Catherine Beauchemin (Senior Visiting Scientist, iTHEMS / Professor, Department of Physics, Ryerson University, Canada)

We have been analyzing and modelling the data for COVID-19 cases in Tokyo and Saitama. We have built mathematical models to analyze the data and make predictions about where the case counts can be expected to go next, and what the consequences could be. For a while, things were going better and better, and daily cases were going down. With the increasing case count in Tokyo, Saitama, Osaka, etc., we now have some concerns. We would like an opportunity to show you some of our results and observations and hear your thoughts. How do you feel about the recent increases? If you were in charge, what decision would you take? As scientists, do we have a responsibility to make sure this information is provided to the general public so they have a clear understanding of the situation? We hope you will join us and share your thoughts.

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Morse theory and Floer theory

Masaki Taniguchi (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)

In a study of topology, Morse theory provides a way to decompose a manifold into elementary parts. We first review a fundamental method in Morse theory. In Floer theory, we consider infinite-dimensional versions of Morse theory for nice functionals. We explain an idea of Floer theory.


Observational study of suprenova remnants

Naomi Tsuji (Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)

Supernova remnants, leftovers of supernova explosion, are believed to be factories of heavy elements and high-energy particles (cosmic rays). These ideas can be probed by observations of electromagnetic waves from supernova remnants. I will give a review talk of the observational studies; what we can learn from observations.


Markdown - the next generation markup language

Akinori Tanaka (Senior Research Scientist, iTHEMS)

Markdown is a lightweight markup language. Important features are easy to use, beautiful document output, and TeX rendering support. Thanks to these fascinating features, Markdown has been already one of common markup languages at least in engineering perspectives. But, I guess, there will be benefits even in scientific research perspectives. So, I would like to introduce how to use it and its applications.


Does Neutron Finite Size Affect Nuclear Structure?

Tomoya Naito (U Tokyo/QHP)

Atomic nuclei consist of protons and neutrons, which interact via Coulomb and nuclear interactions. Since protons and neutrons have finite charge radii instead of point particles, these finite-size effects for the Coulomb interaction should be considered in the theoretical calculations. Nevertheless, since the contribution of the Coulomb interaction to the nuclear properties is weaker than that of the nuclear force, it was not considered properly. Recently, we have taken the finite-size effect to the Coulomb interaction into account for the calculation of nuclear structures. We found that the finite-size effects give a non-negligible contribution to the nuclear binding energy [1]. [1] T. Naito, X. Roca-Maza, G. Colò, and H. Liang. Phys. Rev. C Accepted (arXiv: 2003.03177).