Particle Physics Group,Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University

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Welcome to the Particle Physics lab of the Kobe University!

Our lab's research subject is to uncover the nature of elementary particles and cosmos through accelerator and astroparticle physics experiments. We naturally provide studying opportunities for students from all over the world through our PhD course and other educational programmes.
All the research projects are taken place in international context: either closer contact to other projects abroad or be a part of an international collaboration. Please contact us for detail.

We also have "open labo" events (twice per year) to introduce our research and educational programmes.
The first is at the end of April or beginning of May; the second is in the middle of June. We are looking forward to you attendence. Please refer to our web site of the graducate school of science (Japanese only for this information):

Fourth-year programme for bachelor's course and for research students

Fourth-grade students belong to a particular lab to study experimental or theoretical physics. In our lab the students first learn about the basics on the experimental methods and techniques for particle physics as well as on very basic of particle physics theories. Later in the year students work on their own experiment.

Life for the fourth grade and reserach students

  • A desk and a PC in a large room will be provided to you for workspace.
  • A learning course for entrance examination for the graduate school is taken place. Please join (if you like) !
  • During weekly meetings we discuss over adminstrative issues, listening to students' presentation on their research and "colloquium" presentations, giving a brief summary on their readings on journal papers. The fourth-grade students are also requested to give the colloquium presentation (1x per semester).
  • Twice per week: reading a book with staff members. The text: Alessandro Bettini, “introduction to particle physics” Cambridge University Press 2nd edition
  • Twice per week during the first = spring semester: experimental exercises to aquire basics on experiemntal technique.
  • Twice per week later in the second = fall semester: a group of a few students work on experiemnts. A few experimental themes are given to students, who are free to choose, improve or propose a new experiement. The result is given in the final presentation, which is compulsory for graduation.

Past examples for students' experiments

Graduate course (for master degree)

A student of the graduate course joins to an experimental project as a researcher. Most of such projects are driven through international collaborations. You may be expected to be on site for short periods, either domestc or abroad, for meetings, presentations and practical works. The outcome should be summarised and presented in a conference, e.g. Japan Physics Society meetings, international conferences or workshops.

Life of master course students

  • A desk and a PC in a large room will be provided to you for workspace.
  • Attending the weekly lab meeting to discuss over adminstrative issues and to present on their research and introducing journal papers (3x per semester) by summarising and presenting its contents.
  • Doing research activities; you will be on business travel frequently to the experimental sites. Since you also need to aquire credits for graduation, you are strongly advised to take necessary classes enough for graduation during the first year or your course. s the final examination for the degree.
  • At the end of the first year: a poster presentation for your achievement during the first year should be given.
  • At the end of the second year (or later when you are ready): a master thesis should be written, followed by a presentation a

More on the projects in this lab

PhD course

A PhD course students are also researchers but in a more advanced stage. You will be concentrated on research and you may stay most of the periods to the experimental site. Presentation in JPS meeting as well as conferences/workshops would be more frequent.

Research activities

  • You will have a desk and PC in a small room (3-6 people each).
  • Concentrating on research activities. You still need to aquire credits (6 units) for graduation; you are strongly advised to take necessary class enough for graduation during the first year or your course.
  • At the end of the first and second year: an oral presentation for your achievement by then should be presented.
  • Before you submit your thesis for doctor degree: you need to pass the pre-screening presentation with manuscript for your theis in order to judge if your research is mature and ready. The final results should be submitted as a thesis followed by defense.
  • Attending the weekly lab meeting to discuss over adminstrative issues and to present on their research.

More on the projects in this lab

Research students

If you have qualified previous level of education (graduating a university or equivanet for the master course, or finishing the master course or equivalent for the doctor course), you are entitled to apply for research studentship for the graduate school of science of the Kobe University. You need to pay tuition. You will not be able to receive a dgree nor acquire any credits. Instead you work on researches and listen to lectures.

For application, you need to submit some documents and follow the instruction. Please ask us for detail.

Social life

We take various opportunities for social events: welcome party, "end of the grad school entrance examination" party, summer party, group trip, end-of-the-year party, farewell party etc. In addition, several labs in west Japan together meet and have an opportunity to get to know each other: cherry-blossom party (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe + other high-energy physics labs in Kansai area), potato hot pot party on river side (by Nara Women's University High Energy Lab).

Some other records tell us that students have been planning many other events for sport, Gyoza dumpling party, Samma fish party, beach, BBQ etc. You are truely welcome to join!


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