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Quantum physics and science with opensource software: QuTiP, the Quantum Toolbox in Python
June 13 (Thu) at 10:00  11:30, 2019
Nathan Shammah (Postdoctoral Researcher, Theoretical Quantum Physics Laboratory, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR))
I will address the rise of open source software based on the Python language ecosystem in quantum physics research, in particular with relevance to quantum technology and quantum computing. I will introduce the Quantum Toolbox in Python, QuTiP, a very popular software in the quantum tech community, whose core development has revolved around Prof. F. Nori’s group at RIKEN since 2011. QuTiP is opensource software for simulating the dynamics of closed and open quantum systems, and is used for quantum information science and cavity quantum electrodynamics studies. The QuTiP ecosystem has grown considerably in the past years, with many quantum tech libraries using its functionalities, similarly to what has happened for AstroPy in the astrophysics community. Following the seminar, an interactive session will illustrate some features of this software package library. I will also show, drawing from recent research examples, how everyone can build its own library. Only a laptop with wifi working is required to join the handson session.
Venue: Nishina Hall
Event Official Language: English

Quantum Mechanics of an Evaporating Black Hole
June 6 (Thu) at 15:30  17:00, 2019
Yasunori Nomura (Director, Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

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ABBLiTHEMS Joint Seminars (Following rEMU seminar 13:3015:00)
May 31 (Fri) at 15:15  17:35, 2019
15:1515:35 Hiroyuki Sagawa (ICRR, U.Tokyo) “Recent TA Results and the extension status for the study of the highestenergy cosmic rays” 15:3516:30 Igor Tkachev (Russian Academy of Sciences) “Axion stars: from birth to death” 16:3016:40 Break 16:4017:35 Peter Tinyakov (U. Libre de Bruxelles) “Solar mass black holes and dark matter"
Venue: #435437, Main Research Building
Event Official Language: English

Certain invariants as dimension
May 24 (Fri) at 16:00  18:10, 2019
Genki Ouchi (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)
Plan of the seminar: we separate each talk into two. In the first 60 minutes the speaker gives an introductory talk for nonmathematicians. After a short break, the second 60 minutes is spent for a bit more detailed talk for mathematicians (working in other areas). We welcome you joining both parts of the seminar or only the first/second half. Abstract: In this talk, I would like to talk about certain invariants that look like dimension. This talk has independent two parts. In part 1, I will talk about finite metric spaces. In 2013, Leinster introduced the notion of magnitude of finite metric spaces. It measures effective number of points in finite metric spaces. Considering magnitude and scale transformation, Leinster and Willerton defined dimension of finite metric space with scale. I will explain the definition of magnitude of finite metric spaces and see examples. In part 2, I will talk about derived categories of smooth projective varieties or finite dimensional algebras. In 2014, Dimitrov, Heiden, Katzarkov and Kontsevich introduced the notion of entropy of endofunctors of derived categories. It measures complexity of endofunctors under iteration. Serre functor is an autoequivalence of derived category, that describes Serre duality. Entropy of Serre functor looks like dimension of derived categories. I will talk about known results for entropy of Serre functors and some related topics.
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

Introduction to Singularity Theory in Algebraic Geometry
May 16 (Thu) at 16:00  18:10, 2019
Kenta Sato (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)
Plan of the seminar: we separate each talk into two. In the first 60 minutes the speaker gives an introductory talk for nonmathematicians. After a short break, the second 60 minutes is spent for a bit more detailed talk for mathematicians (working in other areas). We welcome you joining both parts of the seminar or only the first/second half. In this talk, I will explain for all scientists how singularities are studied in algebraic geometry. In algebraic geometry, we study algebraic varieties, which are figures defined as the zero sets of polynomial equations. To study an algebraic variety, we often expect that the variety is smooth, that is, the variety locally resembles Euclidian spaces. However, even if we start from smooth varieties, we sometimes encounter nonsmooth varieties. This is one of the reasons why we need to study singularities. Part I: In the first one hour, I will explain how singularities are studied. I will introduce two invariants of singularities by which we can compare singularities numerically. One invariant is defined in terms of resolution of singularities and the other is defined in terms of positive characteristic methods. I also explain a surprising relation of these invariants. Part II: In the second one hour, I will explain how singularity theory is used to study smooth projective varieties. I will introduce Minimal Model Program and explain the relation with singularity theory.
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

Three quantizations of conformal field theory
May 1 (Wed) at 15:40  17:30, 2019
Tsukasa Tada (Coordinator, iTHEMS / Vice Chief Scientist, Quantum Hadron Physics Laboratory, RIKEN Nishina Center for AcceleratorBased Science (RNC))
Needless to say, conformal field theory is elemental in the study of string theory, statistical quantum systems, and various quantum field theories. Twodimensional conformal field theory is usually quantized by the socalled radial quantization. However, this is not the only way. As a matter of fact, there are two other distinctive choices for the time foliation, or equivalently, the Hamiltonian. One of these choices yields the continuous Virasoro algebra, while the other choice leads to the Virasoro algebra on a torus. The former case corresponds to the recently found (and perhaps less known) phenomenon, sinesquare deformation. The latter yields the wellknown entanglement entropy. I will present a comprehensive treatment of these three quantizations and discuss its physical implications.
Venue: Old LeConte Hall 402, UC Berkeley
Event Official Language: English

Gauge Theory and Symmetries of 4Dimensional Spaces
April 26 (Fri) at 16:00  18:10, 2019
Hokuto Konno (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)
Plan of the seminar: we separate each talk into two. In the first 60 minutes the speaker gives an introductory talk for nonmathematicians. After a short break, the second 60 minutes is spent for a bit more detailed talk for mathematicians (working in other areas). We welcome you joining both parts of the seminar or only the first/second half. Although the term "gauge theory" is usually used in physical contexts, in the early 1980's, mathematicians found that gauge theory has many striking applications to purely mathematical problems. Most of typical applications are related to topology of 4dimensional spaces. As a recent development in this direction, I used gauge theory to study "the shape of the space of all symmetris of a 4dimensional space". In the first one hour, I will explain a notion of mathematical spaces, called manifolds, and try to describe the idea: how mathematicians make use of gauge theory to study the topology of a 4dimensional manifold. In the second one hour, I will explain what the space of symmetries of a manifold means, and which type of theorems about the space of symmetries can be obtained using gauge theory.
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

Introduction to Galois Theory and Class Field Theory
April 18 (Thu) at 16:00  18:00, 2019
Hiroyasu Miyazaki (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)
Plan of the seminar: we separate each talk into two. In the first 60 minutes the speaker gives an introductory talk for nonmathematicians. After a short break, the second 60 minutes is spent for a bit more detailed talk for mathematicians (working in other areas). We welcome you joining both parts of the seminar or only the first/second half. Part I: Galois theory is one of the most important theories in mathematics. Speaking in one phrase, it explains the correspondence between “extensions of numbers” and “subgroups of Galois group”. Basically, finding subgroups of a finite group is much easier than finding extensions of numbers. As a result, Galois theory has incredibly strong applications. For example, we can prove polynomial equations of degree greater than 4 are not always solvable by radicals, which is a celebrated result by Abel and Galois. In the first part of the talk, I will introduce Galois theory in an accessible way for all scientists. Part II: Class Field Theory (CFT) is a monumental work in number theory. Given Galois theory, which is explained in Part I, classifying “extension of numbers” is reduced to classifying “subgroups of Galois group”. So, the next thing to do would be to analyze the structure of Galois groups. CFT enables us to describe the Galois group of a number field K by using only the language of K, i.e., not by using its extensions. In the second part of the talk, I will explain CFT in an as accessible way as possible for all scientists (in particular, also for mathematicians). If time permits, I would like to explain a geometric interpretation of Galois theory, and higher dimensional CFT.
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

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ABBL, iTHEMS, rEMU Joint Seminar: Impacts of New Carbon Fusion Cross Sections on Type Ia Supernovae
April 12 (Fri) at 15:00  16:00, 2019
Kanji Mori
Venue: Seminar Room #132
Event Official Language: English

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iTHEMS Seminar+discussion on "nonequilibrium physics of living matter"
April 8 (Mon) at 14:00  15:30, 2019
Kyogo Kawaguchi (The University of Tokyo / RIKEN Hakubi Team Leader, Nonequilibrium physics of living matter RIKEN Hakubi Research Team, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR))
Kyosuke Adachi (Research Scientist, Nonequilibrium Physics of Living Matter RIKEN Hakubi Research Team, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR))14:0014:50 (40 min. talk + 10 min discussion) "Physical" problems in multicellular dynamics and cell differentiation Kyogo Kawaguchi (RIKEN Hakubi Research Group) 14:5015:30 (30 min. talk + 10 min. discussion) Phase transition in a chromatin model with epigenetic modification Kyosuke Adachi (Kawaguchi Lab.) 15:30 Informal discussions
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

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Lifting low dimensional local systems
April 3 (Wed) at 15:45  16:45, 2019
De Clercq Charles (Université Paris 13, Sorbonne, France)
The content of this seminar is basically for mathematicians (sorry). If you are interested in how a professional math seminar works, please feel free to join! A longstanding conjecture predicts the existence of lifts for Galois representations with F_p coefficients to padic coefficients. The case 2dimensional representations of the absolute Galois group of Q is closely related to Serre's modularity conjecture, proved by Khare and Witenberger. After some recollection on the state of the art about this problem, i will develop the machinery underneath the notion of smooth profinite groups. We will then show how this machinery allows to prove some lifting theorems for low dimensional Galois representations and local systems, getting out of the classical arithmetic world usually considered for this conjecture.
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

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The Origin of the Xray Clumpy Ejecta in Type Ia Supernova Remnants
April 3 (Wed) at 14:00  15:00, 2019
Toshiki Sato (Special Postdoctoral Researcher, High Energy Astrophysics Laboratory, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR))
Xrayemitting clumpy structures are generally observed in young Type Ia supernova remnants although the origin is still obscure. There are two candidates for explaining the formation of clumps; initial clumpiness in ejecta at the explosion (i.e., clumpy ejecta model) or hydrodynamic instabilities made from smooth ejecta profile (i.e., smooth ejecta model). This information should reflect the initial ejecta structure of SNe Ia, so it is important for understanding the Type Ia explosion itself. Our preliminary investigations into constraining the structure of SN Ia remnants using Fourier and wavelettransform analyses did not turn out to be sufficiently powerful at discriminating the two hydro models and the observed Tycho image from each other. This led us to investigate an approach that would be more sensitive to patterns in the distribution of clumps and holes in the images, such as the "genus statistic.” In this study, for the first time, the genus statistics have been applied to a famous type Ia remnant, Tycho (SN 1572) to understand the formation of the clumps by comparing with hydrodynamical models (Sato et al. 2019, arXiv: 1903.00764). We found the genus curve from Tycho's supernova remnant strongly indicates a skewed nonGaussian distribution of the ejecta clumps, which is similar to that of a hydrodynamical model for the clumpy ejecta model. In contrast, a hydrodynamical model for the smooth ejecta model has a genus curve that is similar to that of a random Gaussian distribution. Thus, our results support the initial clumpiness in the Type Ia ejecta is more reasonable for the origin of the clumps and demonstrate usefulness of the genus statistics for this field. In addition, we will also discuss the origin of “Ferich” ejecta clumps in Type Ia SNRs in this seminar.
Venue: #433, Main Research Building
Event Official Language: English

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Tensor Berry connections and their topological invariants
April 2 (Tue) at 14:00  15:00, 2019
Giandomenico Palumbo (Researcher, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
The Berry connection plays a central role in our description of the geometric phase and topological phenomena. In condensed matter, it describes the parallel transport of Bloch states and acts as an effective "electromagnetic" vector potential defined in momentum space. Inspired by developments in highenergy physics, where higherform KalbRamond gauge fields were introduced, I hereby explore the existence of "tensor Berry connections" in quantum matter. My approach consists in a general construction of effective gauge fields, which I ultimately relate to the components of Bloch states. I apply this formalism to various models of topological matter, and I investigate the topological invariants that result from generalized Berry connections. I introduce the 2D Zak phase of a tensor Berry connection, which I then relate to the more conventional first Chern number; I also reinterpret the winding number characterizing 3D topological insulators to a DixmierDouady invariant, which is associated with the curvature of a tensor connection. Besides, my approach identifies the Berry connection of tensor monopoles, which are found in 4D Weyltype systems in ultracold atoms.
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

Machine Learning for Intelligent Multiscale Modeling of Platelet Dynamics
March 19 (Tue) at 15:00  17:00, 2019
Yuefan Deng (Professor, Applied Mathematics Department, Stony Brook University, USA)
Multiscale modeling in biomedical engineering is gaining momentum because of progress in supercomputing, applied mathematics, and quantitative biomedical engineering. For example, scientists in various disciplines have been advancing, slowly but steadily, the simulation of blood including its Olowing and the physiological properties of such components as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelet activation and aggregation stimulate blood clotting that results in heart attacks and strokes causing nearly 20 million deaths each year. To reduce such deaths, we must discover new drugs. To discover new drugs, we must understand the mechanism of platelet activation and aggregation. To model platelets’ dynamics involves setting the basic space and time discretization in huge ranges of 56 orders of magnitudes, resulting from the relevant fundamental interactions at atomic, to molecular, to cell, to Oluid scales. To achieve the desired accuracy at the minimal computational costs, we must select the correct physiological parameters in the force Oields such as the Morse potential and Hooke’s law as well as the spatial and temporal discretization, by machine learning. We demonstrate our preliminary results of speeding up a multiscale twoplatelet aggregation simulation, while maintaining sufOicient accuracy, by nearly one order of magnitude, compared with traditional algorithm that uses the smallest of all temporal and spatial scales in order to capture the Oinest details of the dynamics. We present our analyses of the accuracies and efOiciencies of the representative modeling. We will also outline the general methodologies of multiscale modeling of cells at atomic resolutions.
Venue: 224226, Main Research Building
Event Official Language: English

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On special values of the multiple zeta functions of ArakawaKaneko type
March 16 (Sat) at 15:00  17:30, 2019
Yasuo Ohno (Professor, Mathematical Institute, Tohoku University)
Yuta Suzuki (JSPS Research Fellow, Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya University)15:00~16:00: Yasuo Ohno (Tohoku University) "On special values of the multiple zeta functions of ArakawaKaneko type" ArakawaKaneko's zeta function is a kind of generalization of the Riemann zeta function by using polylogarithms. I am planning to introduce two topics on combinatorics around its values at positive or negative integral points. This talk is based on joint work with N. Kawasaki. 16:20~17:20: Yuta Suzuki (Nagoya University) "On relatively prime amicable pairs" A famous Greek mathematician, Pythagoras tried to find symbolical meanings in numbers. One famous example of such symbolism in numbers is amicable pair, which was introduced as a symbol of friendship. A pair of positive integers $(M,N)$ is called an amicable pair if the sum of all divisors of $M$ except $M$ itself is equal to $N$ and the sum of all divisors of $M$ except $N$ itself is also equal to $M$. The smallest example is $(220,284)$. Even amicable numbers are introduced more than 20 centuries ago, most of their properties are still unknown. For example, the infinitude of amicable pairs has not yet been proven. In this talk, we pick up a conjecture of Gmelin (1917), which claims that there is no relatively prime amicable pairs, and try to introduce some atmosphere of "modern elementary number theory". In particular, we improve Pollack's partial result (2015) on Gmelin's conjecture.
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

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Joint value distribution of quadratic Lfunctions (joint work with Hirofumi Nagoshi)
February 25 (Mon) at 16:20  17:20, 2019
Hidehiko Mishou (Tokyo Denki University)
In 1975, Voronin established the universality theorem for the Riemann zeta function. Roughly speaking this theorem asserts that any holomorphic function on 1/2
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

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Symmetric Tornheim double zeta functions
February 25 (Mon) at 15:00  16:00, 2019
Takashi Nakamura (Tokyo University of Science)
Let $s,t,u \in {\mathbb{C}}$ and $T(s,t,u)$ be the Tornheim double zeta function. We investigate some properties of symmetric Tornheim double zeta functions. As a corollary, we give explicit evaluation formulas for $T(s,t,u)$ in terms of series of the gamma function and Riemann zeta function.
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

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Biology Seminar
December 13 (Thu) at 14:00  16:00, 2018
Yusuke Kazama (Team Leader, Plant Genome Evolution Research Team, RIKEN Nishina Center for AcceleratorBased Science (RNC))
Jeffrey Fawcett (Senior Research Scientist, iTHEMS)Speaker: Jeffrey Fawcett (iTHEMS) Title: Introduction to Genomics Abstract: The genetic information, or the genome, of almost all species are determined by the order (i.e. the "sequence") of millions of nucleotides represented by A, G, C, and T. I will first outline what we already know about the genome, how they differ across species and individuals, and how we can study them. I will then briefly introduce "3D Genomics", a topic that is becoming quite hot in biology now: the genome is not only a one dimensional "sequence" information but the chromosomes must be folded up to fit into the cell nuclei, and this 3D structure of the chromosome and the spatial positioning of the genes might be important for the biology of each species. Speaker: Yusuke Kazama (Nishina Center) Title: 大きな玉ほど大きく壊す：シロイヌナズナを用いて明らかにした重イオンビーム変異の特徴 Abstract: 重イオンビームはγ線やX線よりも線エネルギー付与（LET)が高いことで知られ、核種やビームの速度を選択することによりLETを調節して照射することもできる。私たちは、モデル植物シロイヌナズナを用いてLETが変異誘発に与える影響を調べ、変異率が最大となるLET＝30.0 keV/μm(LETmax)を発見した。突然変異体の全ゲノム解析を行ない、LETmaxでは塩基置換や小さい欠失が多いのに対し、LET=290 keV/μmでは大きな欠失や染色体再編成の頻度が高いことを明らかにした。目的や材料に合わせて「高効率で1遺伝子を破壊するにはLETmax照射」を、「2遺伝子以上の破壊や染色体再編成の誘発には高LET照射」を行うオンデマンド照射技術を確立した。今後は、染色体再編成が植物の形質に与える影響を、3Dゲノム構造の変化、クロマチン構造の変化、遺伝子発現の変化に注目して研究していきたい。
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

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Cosmicray air showers: new arrays for searching origins and link to the collider physics
December 7 (Fri) at 14:00  15:00, 2018
Takashi Sako (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR), The University of Tokyo)
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English

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Probability density functions attached to zeta functions
December 6 (Thu) at 16:00  17:00, 2018
Masahiro Mine (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
The study of the valuedistribution of the Riemann zeta function is a classical topic in analytic number theory. In 1930s, Bohr and Jessen proved the existence of a certain limit value regarded as the probability that values of the Riemann zeta function belong to a given region in the complex plane. After Bohr and Jessen, similar results were proved for many other zeta functions. In this talk, I'll talk about density functions of such probabilities attached to the valuedistributions of zeta functions. The density functions, which were named ``Mfunctions'' by Ihara, are connected with mean values of zeta functions, distributions of zeros of zeta functions, and so on.
Venue: Seminar Room #160
Event Official Language: English
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