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Geometric decomposition of entropy production in stochastic and chemical systems
December 16 (Fri) at 13:30  15:00, 2022
Mr. Kohei Yoshimura (Ph.D. Student, Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo)
Entropy production is central to understanding nonequilibrium phenomena. It is known that decomposing entropy production enables us to separately treat distinct two aspects of dynamics, nonstationarity and breaking of detailed balance. In this seminar, I talk about our recent progress on geometric decomposition of entropy production in discrete stochastic systems and deterministic chemical systems. For the audience who may not be familiar with nonequilibrium thermodynamics and linear algebraic graph theory, which the latter enables us to treat the two kinds of systems at once, I would like to start with a very basic introduction. Then I explain why and how we decompose entropy production. Specifically, I mainly focus on the "Onsagerprojective decomposition" we study in arXiv:2205.15227 rather than the information geometric decomposition provided in the following paper arXiv:2206.14599. Further, several physical consequences will be discussed, including generalization of Schnakenberg's decomposition stemming from cycles in a steady system, and its relation to gradient flow expressions of a master equation and a rate equation.
Venue: via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

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Chemophoresis Engine: Theory of ATPasedriven Cargo Transport
December 15 (Thu) at 16:00  17:00, 2022
Dr. Takeshi Sugawara (Project Researcher, Universal Biology Institute, The University of Tokyo)
The formation of macromolecule patterns depending on chemical concentration under nonequilibrium conditions, first observed during morphogenesis, has recently been observed at the intracellular level, and its relevance as intracellular morphogen has been demonstrated in the case of bacterial cell division. These studies have discussed how cargos maintain positional information provided by chemical gradients. However, how cargo transports are directly mediated by chemical gradients remains unknown. Based on the previously proposed mechanism of chemotaxislike behavior of cargos (referred to as chemophoresis), we introduce the chemophoresis engine as a physicochemical mechanism of cargo motion, which transforms chemical free energy to directed motion through the catalytic ATP hydrolysis [1]. We propose its possible role as a universal principle of hydrolysisdriven intracellular transport.
Venue: via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

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Lattice gauge theory in curved spacetimes
December 15 (Thu) at 14:00  15:30, 2022
Dr. Arata Yamamoto (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo)
Lattice gauge theory is a powerful computational approach in quantum field theory. It is also utilizable for investigating quantum phenomena in curved spacetimes, such as rotating frame, torsion, and gravitational backgrounds. In this talk, I would like to overview the formulation and results of lattice simulations in curved spacetimes.
Venue: Common Room #246248 (Main Venue) / via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

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Chiral effects on lepton transport in corecollapse supernovae
December 13 (Tue) at 13:30  15:00, 2022
Dr. DiLun Yang (Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Dynamics of leptons such as electrons and neutrinos play an important role in the evolution of corecollapse supernovae (CCSN). Nevertheless, chirality as one of fundamental microscopic properties that could affect lepton transport, through e.g. weak interaction, has been mostly overlooked. In this talk, I will discuss how chiral effects such as the renowned chiral magnetic effect (CME), generating an electric charge current along magnetic fields with chirality imbalance, could result in the unstable modes of magnetic fields and inverse cascade, which potentially influence the matter evolution in CCSN and pulsar kicks. I will also show how an effective CME could be realized via the backreaction from neutrino radiation even in the absence of an axial charge characterizing an unequal number of right and lefthanded electrons.
Venue: Hybrid Format (Common Room 246248 and Zoom)
Event Official Language: English

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Quantum kinetics of neutrinos in highenergy astrophysical phenomena
December 9 (Fri) at 14:00  15:00, 2022
Dr. Hiroki Nagakura (Specially Appointed Assistant Professor (NAOJ Fellow), Division of Science, NAOJ)
Neutrinos are the most mysterious and elusive particles in the standard model of particle physics. They play important roles in corecollapse supernovae and binary neutron star mergers as driving massejection, synthesizing heavy elements including rprocess nuclei, and neutrino signals from these sources. This exhibits the importance of accurate modeling of neutrino radiation field in these phenomena, which will be used to connect neutrino physics to multimessenger astronomy. It has recently been suggested that neutrinoflavor conversion (or neutrinooscillation) can ubiquitously occur in these astrophysical environments, exhibiting the requirement of quantum kinetic treatments in the modeling of neutrino transport. In this seminar, I will give an overview of the quantum kinetics neutrino transport and then introduce its recent progress, paying a special attention to the connection to astrophysics. I will also present the latest results of our numerical simulations of collective neutrino oscillations, which can be properly accounted for only by quantum kinetic framework.
Venue: via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

Carrollian hydrodynamics near the black hole horizon
December 8 (Thu) at 16:00  17:30, 2022
Dr. Puttarak Jaiakson (Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)
The membrane paradigm provides a fascinating bridge between gravitational dynamics near black hole horizons (null boundaries) and fluid dynamics. One question naturally follows: what type of fluids and hydrodynamics emerged at the horizon? Contrary to the longstanding belief, it turns out that the horizon fluid is Carrollian, rather than the Galilean (NavierStokes) fluid. The Carroll geometries and Carrollian physics, arising originally when the speed of light goes to zero (c to 0 limit), have recently gained increasing attention in the fields of black hole physics and flat holography. In this presentation, I will talk about the Carrollian limit and the resulting Carroll geometries and this unusual kind of hydrodynamics, the Carrollian hydrodynamics. I will then present the geometrical construction of the membrane (also known as the stretched horizon) in a way that a Carroll geometry manifest, therefore allowing us to spell out precisely the dictionary between gravitational degrees of freedom on the membrane and the Carrollian fluid quantities. I will also show that the Einstein’s equations projected onto the horizon are the Carrollian hydrodynamic conservation laws. Lastly, I will discuss the covariant phase space of the horizon, symmetries, and conservation laws. The talk is based on arXiv:2209.03328 and arXiv:2211.06415.
Venue: Hybrid Format (Common Room 246248 and Zoom)
Event Official Language: English

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Cosmic Birefringence: how our universe violates leftright symmetry
December 6 (Tue) at 13:30  15:00, 2022
Dr. Tomohiro Fujita (Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University)
Our universe is lefty: recent observations imply that the polarization plane of light that has traveled through cosmic space for 13.8 billion years rotates about 0.3 degrees to the left. A similar phenomenon is known to occur in materials such as crystals, and is called birefringence. But why does birefringence occur even in the outer space, which is supposed to be a vacuum? Dark energy, the unknown energy that fills the universe, may be responsible for it. In this seminar, I will review observations and theories of cosmic birefringence and discuss future prospects.
Venue: Hybrid Format (Common Room 246248 and Zoom)
Event Official Language: English

Efficient encoding of the Schrodinger equation on quantum computers
December 5 (Mon) at 14:00  15:30, 2022
Dr. Ermal Rrapaj (Postdoctoral Researcher, iTHEMS)
The continuous space Schrödinger equation is reformulated in terms of spin Hamiltonians. For the kinetic energy operator, the critical concept facilitating the reduction in model complexity is the idea of position encoding. A binary encoding of position produces a spin1/2 Heisenberglike model and yields exponential improvement in space complexity when compared to classical computing. Encoding with a binary reflected Gray code (BRGC), and a Hamming distance 2 Gray code (H2GC) reduces the model complexity down to the XZ and transverse Ising model respectively. Any real potential is mapped to a series of klocal Ising models through the fast Walsh transform. As a first step, the encoded Hamiltonian is simulated for quantum adiabatic evolution. As a second step, the time evolution is discretized, resulting in a quantum circuit with a gate cost that is better than the Quantum Fourier transform. Finally, a simple application on an ionbased quantum computer is provided as proof of concept.
Venue: Common Room #246248 (Main Venue) / via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

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Tricritical phenomena in holographic chiral transitions
November 29 (Tue) at 13:30  15:00, 2022
Dr. Masataka Matsumoto (Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics, Shanghai University, China)
Tricritical point (TCP) is the endpoint of a line of threephase coexistence (a triple line) at which three coexisting phases simultaneously become identical. A TCP can be observed in various systems, for example, the QCD phase diagram with the chiral limit and a metamagnet such as a FeCl2 crystal. In the AdS/CFT correspondence, a TCP associated with a chiral phase transition has been found in the D3/D7 model [1]. In this talk, I will discuss the recent study [2] of critical phenomena at a tricritical point which emerges in the D3/D7 model in the presence of a finite baryon number density and an external magnetic field. We found all the critical exponents defined in this paper take the meanfield values. I will also compare the results with our previous works about the critical phenomena at the TCP that emerges in the steady state [3,4].
Venue: Hybrid Format (Common Room 246248 and Zoom)
Event Official Language: English

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Community assembly and species coexistence in the heterogeneous world
November 28 (Mon) at 16:00  17:00, 2022
Dr. Naoto Shinohara (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University)
How ecological communities are assembled and maintained is a fundamental question in community ecology. To tackle this challenge in the heterogeneous world, we need to understand how community assembly patterns change with environmental gradients and how species coexist in temporally fluctuating environments. In the first of my talk, I introduce our study on how plant community assembly patterns change along with the largest global environmental gradient, the latitudinal gradient. Then, I will present how the seasonal variability of environments contributes to the coexistence of phytoplankton species in a lake. These results altogether uncover how spatiotemporal heterogeneity of environments forms ecological communities in nature.
Venue: Hybrid Format (Common Room 246248 and Zoom)
Event Official Language: English

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Tropical methods in Enumerative Geometry and Mirror Symmetry
November 25 (Fri) at 14:00  16:00, 2022
Dr. Michel Van Garrel (Assistant Professor, School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham, UK)
Abstract for the 1st hour: Enumerative Geometry has been a feature of mathematics from its beginnings, just think about the number of lines in the plane passing through 2 points. I will take you on a history of the subject and its relationship to other areas of mathematics and physics. Abstract for the 2nd hour: Many problems in mathematics are solved by taking a limit and solving the limiting problem. Tropical geometry is a key technique that allows us to do this systematically. I will talk about the following problem. Take the complex projective plane S and an elliptic curve E in S. Count algebraic maps from the affine line into the complement S \ E. This counting problem is solved via tropical geometry as I will describe in this talk.
Venue: Hybrid Format (Common Room 246248 and Zoom)
Event Official Language: English

RNAPuzzles  the evaluation and automation of RNA 3D structure
November 24 (Thu) at 16:00  17:00, 2022
Prof. Zhichao (Chichau) Miao (Principal Investigator, Guangzhou Laboratory, China / Guangzhou Medical University, China)
RNAPuzzles is a collective endeavour dedicated to the advancement and improvement of RNA 3D structure prediction. With agreement from crystallographers, the RNA structures are predicted by various groups before the publication of the crystal structures. Systematic protocols for comparing models and crystal structures are described and analyzed. In RNAPuzzles, we discuss a) the capabilities and limitations of current methods of 3D RNA structure based on sequences; b) the progress in RNA structure prediction; c) the possible bottlenecks that hold back the field; d) the comparison between the automated web server and human experts; e) the prediction rules, such as coaxial stacking; f) the prediction of structural details and ligand binding; g) the development of novel prediction methods; and h) the potential improvements to be made. Till now, 37 RNAs with crystal structures have been predicted, while many of them have achieved high accuracy in comparison with the crystal structures. We have summarized part of our results in three papers and two communitywide meetings. With the results in RNAPuzzles, we illustrate that the current bottlenecks in the field may lie in the prediction of nonWatsonCrick interactions and the reconstruction of the global topology. Correct coaxial stacking and tertiary contacts are key for the prediction of RNA architecture, while ligand binding modes can only be predicted with low resolution. For the model evaluation, we present RNAPuzzles toolkit, a computational resource including (i) decoy sets generated by different RNA 3D structure prediction methods, (ii) 3D structure normalization, analysis, manipulation, visualization tools and (iii) 3D structure comparison metric tools. With the increasing number of RNA structures being solved as well as the highthroughput biochemical experiments, RNA 3D structure prediction is becoming routine and accurate. Structure modelling may effectively help in understanding the viral RNA structures, including the SARSCoV2.
Venue: via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

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Energy partition in Weibelmediated shock waves: from Supernova Remnants to GammaRay Bursts
November 24 (Thu) at 14:00  15:00, 2022
Dr. Arno Vanthieghem (PrincetonNINS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, USA)
Gammaray bursts and supernovae provide ideal environments for efficient energy channeling between different plasma species through collective processes such as collisionless shock waves. Extensively studied in astrophysical and laboratory environments, observations and kinetic simulations indicate strong electron heating in the precursor of collisionless shock waves propagating in unmagnetized electronion plasmas. We outline a theoretical model accounting for electron heating via a Joulelike process through the interplay between pitchangle scattering in the microturbulence and the coherent electrostatic field induced by the difference in inertia between species. Using analytical kinetic estimates, semianalytical Monte Carlo methods, and abinitio ParticleInCell simulations, we demonstrate the validity of this model in the relativistic regime relevant to the afterglow emission of gammaray burst and extend it to characterize the electrontoiontemperature ratio in the downstream of nonrelativistic highMach numbers shock waves relevant for supernova remnants and laboratory experiments.
Venue: via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

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Tetra and pentaquarks with multiflavor contents
November 22 (Tue) at 13:30  15:00, 2022
Prof. Atsushi Hosaka (Professor, Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Osaka University)
Recent hadron experiments keep providing evidences of exotic hadrons with multiquark components. These multiquarks are selfarranged into various configurations such as diquarks, hadronic molecules and so on. In this seminar, we discuss possible structures of tetra and pentaquarks with multiflavor contents including recently observed T_cc, Pc and P_cs. Based on our recent studies in the quark model and hadron models, we discuss where and how different quark structures emerge.
Venue: Hybrid Format (Common Room 246248 and Zoom)
Event Official Language: English

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Mathematics of PostQuantum Cryptography
November 18 (Fri) at 14:00  16:30, 2022
Dr. Yusuke Aikawa (Researcher, Information Technology R&D Center, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation)
Cryptography keeps our everyday information communications secure. Cryptography based on key sharing have been used mainly for military purposes since ancient times in human history, but with the advent of the Internet, cryptography that does not require key sharing has become necessary. In 1976, Diffie and Hellman proposed the concept of public key cryptography, which does not require key sharing among communicators. Since then, research on public key cryptography has progressed, involving not only computer science but also mathematics, and has become an essential technology for the society we live in. The security of public key cryptography is supported by computational hardness of problems derived from mathematics. For example, the integer factoring problem is a basis for the security of RSA cryptography, and the discrete logarithm problem is for elliptic curve cryptography. However, in 1994, Shor proposed an efficient quantum algorithm that solves these problems. This means that emergence of largescale quantum computers will break RSA and elliptic curve cryptography we use today. For this reason, research on nextgeneration cryptography, socalled PostQuantum Cryptography (PQC for short), is currently underway to prepare for a future in which quantum computers will emerge. In this talk, without assuming any knowledge of cryptography, I will give a brief overview of cryptography and the progress of PQC. The first half of the talk will mainly outline the relationship between mathematics and cryptography, while the second half will discuss isogenybased cryptography, one of the promising PQC, with our recent results.
Venue: Hybrid Format (Common Room 246248 and Zoom)
Event Official Language: English

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Emergence of growth and dormancy from a kinetic model of the Escherichia coli central carbon metabolism
November 17 (Thu) at 18:00  19:00, 2022
Dr. Yusuke Himeoka (Assistant Professor, Universal Biology Institute, The University of Tokyo)
Physiological states of bacterial cells exhibit a wide spectrum of timescale. Under nutrientrich conditions, most of the cells in an isogenic bacterial population grow at certain rates, while a small subpopulation sometimes stays in a dormant state where the growth rates slow down by orders of magnitude. For revealing the origins of such heterogeneity of timescales, we studied the kinetic model of Escherichia coli central carbon metabolism. We found that the model robustly exhibits both the growing and the dormant state. Performing the model reduction, we have revealed the necessary conditions for the distinct behaviour, namely, the depletion of energy due to the futile cycle and its nonuniform impact on the kinetics because of the coexistence of the energy currencycoupled and uncoupled reactions as well as branching of the network.
Venue: via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

Merger and postmerger of binary neutron stars with a quarkhadron crossover equation of state
November 15 (Tue) at 15:00  17:01, 2022
Dr. Yongjia Huang (Ph.D. Student, University of Science and Technology of China, China)
The state of the ultradense matter remains one of the longstanding open questions. Neutron star (NS), as it cools down the eons ahead after the birth in the supernova explosion, provides an astrophysical laboratory to investigate the dense, strongly interacting nuclear matter at zero temperature. On the other hand, the most intense gravitational wave(GW) radiation is produced in regions of the strong gravitational field by coherent movements of masses with large compactness. Therefore, GW from binary neutron star(BNS) merger naturally contains the information from the ultradense matter. In this talk, I will introduce our recent work, "Merger and postmerger of binary neutron stars with a quarkhadron crossover equation of state ."Quarkhadron crossover(QHC) is one way of hadronquark transition, which generally predicts a peak in sound speed vs. density, and so releases more pressure during the hadronquark transition. I will first briefly summarize the features of QHC EOS and the BNS merger. I will then focus on how information on the hadronquark transition shows in the GW and its spectrum during the BNS merger.
Venue: via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

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Expanding Edges of Quantum Hall Systems in a Cosmology Language  Hawking Radiation from de Sitter Horizon in Edge Modes
November 11 (Fri) at 16:00  17:30, 2022
Dr. Masahiro Hotta (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University)
Expanding edge experiments are promising to open new physics windows of quantum Hall systems. In a static edge, the edge excitation, which is described by free fields decoupled with the bulk dynamics, is gapless, and the dynamics preserve conformal symmetry. When the edge expands, such properties need not be preserved. We formulate a quantum field theory in 1+1 dimensional curved spacetimes to analyze the edge dynamics. We propose methods to address the following questions using edge waveforms from the expanding region: Does the conformal symmetry survive? Is the nonlinear interaction of the edge excitations induced by edge expansion? Do the edge excitations interact with the bulk excitations? We additionally show that the expanding edges can be regarded as expanding universe simulators of twodimensional dilatongravity models, including the JackiwTeitelboim gravity model. As an application, we point out that our theoretical setup might simulate emission of analog Hawking radiation with the GibbonsHawking temperature from the future de Sitter horizon formed in the expanding edge region.
Venue: #345347, 3F, Main Research Building (Main Venue) / via Zoom
Event Official Language: English

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Arithmetic dynamics on algebraic varieties
November 11 (Fri) at 14:00  16:30, 2022
Dr. Yosuke Matsuzawa (Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Metropolitan University)
The study of selfmaps of algebraic varieties is a relatively new and active area in mathematics. Such a selfmap can be considered as a discrete dynamical system, and we can study the asymptotic properties of such systems from various points of views, including number theoretic viewpoint. I will introduce several problems in arithmetic dynamics and some of my results in this area.
Venue: Hybrid Format (Common Room 246248 and Zoom)
Event Official Language: English

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Sociogenesis: motivations and first steps
November 10 (Thu) at 16:00  17:00, 2022
Dr. Cédric Ho Thanh (Postdoctoral Researcher, Prediction Science Laboratory, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR))
Sociogenesis is a project that aims to study emergent social behaviors of multiagent systems. In its simplest form, and agent simply seeks to survive by consuming food and maximizing some happiness score. In this presentation, I will discuss some motivations and inspirations of this project, as well as the challenges to get an agent to survive on its own. I will then showcase some methods to evaluate the quality of agents and their underlying architecture beyond simply looking at their lifespan. I will then conclude with some potential applications. No prior knowledge in reinforcement/deep learning is required to attend this presentation. This work is still mostly at an exploratory stage, so discussions and inputs from the audience are more than welcome!
Venue: via Zoom
Event Official Language: English
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