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Science Café on the Next Edge #9 -- "Topological Insulators? What are they?"

2012-12-4 (Tue) -

Up until recently, people have thought that materials could be divided into two types: those which conduct electricity (conductors) and those materials which do not (insulators). However, recently "topological insulators" have been discovered, materials which can be categorized as both conductors and insulators. Topological insulators are quite unique. Although they are insulators, if one cuts them, the cut surface becomes metallic, strangely capable of conducting electricity. In the background of this strange behavior lies a fundamental principle that can be understood with the mathematical concept of topology.

One of the leading researchers in the world in topological insulators is Professor Youichi ANDOU who will explain the fascination regarding this new science in an easy to understand way.

Lecturer: ANDOU Youichi, Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research; Osaka University conducts research under the Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers

Facilitator: IWASAKI Takuya, Specially appointed lecturer, Research and Public Relations Planning Coordinator, Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects, Osaka University

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Venue: Art Area B1 -- Concourse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line

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  • There is no fee for attending this seminar.
  • Registration is not necessary.

This Science Café on the Next Edge is being conducted as an outreach research project selected as a NEXT Program. NEXT Programs are a research support system for researchers who have the potential to be world leaders in science and technology. NEXT aims to develop science and technology from a mid- and long-term perspective and contribute to the sustainable growth of the nation and to solutions for political and social challenge by supporting advanced research and development, programs recommended by the government's new growth strategies (principles) and decided upon at a Cabinet meeting on December 30, 2009.

What is "Science Café on the Next Edge"?

Science Café on the Next Edge is the name for an informal seminar sponsored by Osaka University Research Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects. The Science Café on the Next Edges invite researchers whose programs had been selected as NEXT Program by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and serve as forums for dialogue between researchers and citizens. The organizers hope that participants can appreciate these chances to learn about next-generation environmental technology and bioscience in these Cafés.

Date: 2012-12-4 (Tue) -
Organizer: Art Area B1 -- Concourse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line
URL: http://www.lserp.osaka-u.ac.jp/info/2012101501.html
Contact: Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects
toukatukouhou-rep@ml.office.osaka-u.ac.jp

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