VR Study Group
Scientific visualization is a key tool in natural sciences, for observation and simulation data alike. Manipulating 3D data in a meaningful way is a non-trivial task, that requires a knowledge of both the physics at play, and the visualization techniques involved. The main purpose of this study group is to establish how immersive visualization can enable scientific discovery, using virtual realty (VR) systems. Recent developments on both the hardware side and the software side have dramatically lowered the cost to entry to VR. We think the technology is poised to play a key role in the future of education and public outreach. So we have embarked on this project, to develop adequate tools and the relevant expertise, to be able to harness VR for our research.
While QCD (quantum chromodynamics) has a long history, it has aroused endless theoretical interest, and new attempts and ideas are always advocated. Furthermore, it evolves continuously by actively incorporating advances in other areas of physics. We hold a QCD study group in order to share the information on the latest development in QCD. We take a longer time than ordinary seminars (~ 2 hours + discussion), and encourage the participants to ask questions without time constraint. It is held once a month either at RIKEN, the University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus) or Keio University (Hiyoshi Campus).
Big Bang Square
There are lots of "Big Bangs" in the universe, such as supernova explosions, gamma-ray bursts, neutron star mergers, and the Big-Bang of the universe itself. In this study group, organized by Astrophysical Big Bang Laboratory (RIKEN) & Research Center for the Early Universe (RESCEU, U. Tokyo), communications and collaborations on these "Big Bangs" are being done regularly.