Physics allows you to be familiar with universe.


Rikako KONO

1.What kind of the research are you doing?

I am constructing cosmic ray detectors, which is portable (about 10cm×10cm), for junior and senior high school students interested in a research on physics and supporting them as a tutor. Some of them are collaborating with students in other countries with the use of detector. Cosmic rays are high energy particles arriving from outer space and rain down on the Earth. These particles collide in the upper atmosphere and create some particles, mainly muons. The detector uses scintillator, which is a luminescent material when it interacts with cosmic rays. We obtain data by the signals after converting the light into the current. Besides cosmic ray research, I also support students who use a cyclotron and students having any other theme.

2.What is the reason for starting your study?

When I was a high school student, I became to get curious about Physics. It’s because I knew that physics allows me to be familiar with universe and that final goal of physics is to unify their theory.

I had accidentally met a teacher of Tohoku university before entering the university, and got various chances to involve in physics and other science events, which have been taken place by the teacher, after entering the university. These experiences may give me flexibility and lead me to get attracted to experimental physics.

Now, I become interested in nuclear physics and visit some laboratories. Since there are many chances in the world, these laboratory visits may lead me to other future chances.

3.Message for prospective students

Facilities in the field of physics at Tohoku university usually accept tours of facilities and researchers there explain what they do thoroughly if they have a time. As I mentioned, I think that some minor actions can lead you to the next opportunities, so please take advantage of university to get chances (although of course cases you don't get a chance are more than ones you get).