Campus of SOKENDAI, Department of Fusion Science
The Frontier of Fusion Research
Career Information of Graduates
Domestic Research Institute
National Institute for Fusion Science
National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Gifu Prefectural Ceramics Research Institute
The University of Tokyo
Nagoya Institute of Technology
Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology
International Research Institute
California State University
Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science
Institute for Plasma Research
Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology
National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia
Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics
Southwestern Institute of Physics
China Institute of Atomic Energy
Nuclear Power Institute of China
Institute of Plasma Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences
CHUBU Electric Power Co.,Inc.
Ion Technology Center Co.,Ltd
SHIKOKU RESEARCH INSTITUTE INC.
Bain & Company, Inc.
Advanced Algorithm & Systems Co.,Ltd
Toda Technology Service
Intertek Japan K.K.
Takasago Industry Co., Ltd.
Numerical Flow Designing Co.,Ltd.
Visible Information Center Inc.
Thorium Tech Solution Inc.
Daily Life in the Department of Fusion Science
(Enrolled in fiscal year 2014)
I was admitted to SOKENDAI because I am interested in fusion plasma energy for solving the global energy problem in the world. I would like to introduce life in the Department of Fusion Science.
Research environment and activities
Graduate students are assigned to a student office which is located near their supervisor’s office. Some of the students come from foreign countries, thus we communicate with each other in English. Since enough personal space is provided to each student, the research environment is quite comfortable. In the first year, we have several lectures on plasma physics and fusion technology, which gives us basic knowledge for fusion research. Since the number of students having a lecture is not large, the lectures always provide flexible and interactive discussions. In addition to the standard lectures, there also are special lectures which provide more practical training and skills for conducting research.
From the latter period of the first year, research activities working together with supervisors begin. For instance, my research subject is simulation studies of vacuum-wall heat load by fast ions deviated from a confined plasma. My daily research life consists of developing simulation codes, running calculations, analyzing the data, discovering new findings, reading related papers and books, and other educational activities.
In addition, I have a fixed schedule each week. That schedule includes research meetings with supervisors and several seminars reviewing related research papers and books. At the meeting with supervisors, research progress is reported and we discuss the results of calculation and decide the future direction of the research. In the seminar meeting, participants read textbooks on the basic theory of MagnetoHydroDynamics (MHD) and derive equations and explain the meaning to other participants. Also, we share in the progress through the research presentations of our fellow students.
Relationships with other universities and departments
In addition to SOKENDAI students, graduate students at Nagoya University, Kyushu University, and other universities also conduct research at NIFS. Although each student has a different field of research, we often have discussions and conversations, sharing our research progress and our future dreams and concerns. Each department in SOKENDAI belongs to a different research institute, thus we seldom have a chance to meet students from the other departments. However, a variety of special lectures and seminars are held in various places and one can interact with SOKENDAI students then.
I was a member of the student committee for a student seminar, and I sometimes hold drinking parties with other committee members.
I live in an apartment near Tajimi Station, and I go to NIFS by bus. Since the buses are not frequent and shops, supermarkets, and restaurants are somewhat scarce, it is recommended to have a car or a motorbike. There is a tennis court and a baseball field at NIFS. Some students and professors play tennis and baseball together. Although I do not play those sports, I enjoy walking around NIFS, which is rich in nature.
We can study in the Department of Fusion Science at NIFS, which is the frontier of fusion plasma research. World-class facilities such as the Large Helical Device (LHD) and the Plasma Simulator can be used for research. We can study with interdisciplinary supervisors. I say, “Here is the best place to study fusion science!”