The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Japanese abbreviation: Sokendai), founded in 1988, was the first graduate university in Japan. Sokendai affiliates with Inter-University Research Institutes to foster original and international researchers over a wide range of fields, and to discover and promote research and education that cross traditional boundaries. In the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (Japanese abbreviation: KEK), there are three departments in Accelerator Science, Materials Structure Science and Particle and Nuclear Physics, which closely co-operate to develop graduate education based on the three research activities of KEK.
About the Departments
Accelerator Science http://www.kek.jp/acc/sokendai/e_index.html
High energy particle accelerators have played an essential role in the progress of nuclear and particle physics. High Energy, high quality beam probes provided by them are also an indispensable tool for the rushing development in recent years of material, life, and medial sciences. This department aims at research of new acceleration physics, frontier accelerator technologies, and such closely related fields as radiation science, computational science, and superconducting technologies. Both theoretical and experimental study programs, as well as synthesized educational programs, are provided for the above research areas.
Materials Structure Science http://pfwww.kek.jp/sokendai/index.html (Japanese)
At Institute of Materials Structure Science, we pursue leading edge researches, not only in physics but also in chemistry, biology, engineering, agriculture and medical science by use of advanced beams, such as synchrotron light, neutron and muon, which are provided by the state-of-the-art particle accelerators. We are also developing novel technologies for beam production and its utilization to make major contributions to materials science.
Particle and Nuclear Physics http://soken-pn.kek.jp/en/
We conduct research of particle physics and nuclear physics both from the experimental and theoretical sides. Experimental physics by means of colliding beam accelerators and various beams from high intensity proton accelerators, theoretical investigtaions as well as related physics research including R&D of new devices, methods and application are pursued in a versatile way.