Faculty Staff | Space astronomy

As of May 1, 2017

Name Title Research Keywords
Akihiro Doi Assistant Professor Active galactic nuclei, radio astronomy, VLBI, balloon-borne radio telescope
Tadayasu Dotani Professor X-ray astronomy, X-ray binaries, X-ray CCD camera
Chisato Ikuta Associate Professor
Manabu Ishida Professor X-ray/Gamma-ray Astronomy
Mitsunobu Kawada Associate Professor Infrared Astronomy, Instrument Development
Motohide Kokubun Associate Professor High Energy Astrophysics, Hard X-ray/Gamma-ray detector development
Yoshitomo Maeda Assistant Professor X-ray Astonomy, X-ray Optics
Hideo Matsuhara Professor Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Infrared Observation
Masanobu Ozaki Associate Professor High Energy Astrophysics, Instrument Development
Iku Shinohara Associate Professor Space plasma physics, data analysis of in-situ S/C observation, numerical simulations
Aurora Simionescu Associate Professor Clusters of galaxies, large-scale structure, cosmic web, X-ray astronomy, chemical evolution history of the universe, feedback from active galactic nuclei
Takayuki Tamura Assistant Professor Large-scale structure, X-ray observations, dark matter
Toru Yamada Professor Galaxy Formatio, Galaxy Evolution, Observational Astronomy
Issei Yamamura Associate Professor Infrared Astronomy, Stellar evolution, Mass loss
Name Akihiro Doi
Title Assistant Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures Space Astronomy III
Research Keywords Active galactic nuclei, radio astronomy, VLBI, balloon-borne radio telescope
Details and policy of research guidance Observational studies of active galactic nuclei using radio interferometry and VLBI. Research and development of balloon-borne radio telescope.
Message to students Try your best at everything!
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/akihiro_doi.html
Name Tadayasu Dotani
Title Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures Scientific writing I, Scientific writing II
Research Keywords X-ray astronomy, X-ray binaries, X-ray CCD camera
Details and policy of research guidance Study the high energy phenomena in the universe based on the X-ray observations, and develop new X-ray imaging detectors for the future missions. Especially, we focus on the following research:
1. Develop the focal plane detectors for future X-ray telescopes, such as the X-ray CCD camera.
2. Study the emission mechanisms of the X-ray binaries including a neutron star or a black hole using the observational data from various X-ray satellites.
Message to students Welcome active students who are keen to learn new data analysis and instrumentation.
Laboratory or personal web page http://www.astro.isas.jaxa.jp/~dotani/
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/tadayasu_dotani.html
Name Chisato Ikuta
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Interdisciplinary Space Science
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords
Details and policy of research guidance
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/chisato_ikuta.html
Name Manabu Ishida
Title Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures Space Astronomy I
Research Keywords X-ray/Gamma-ray Astronomy
Details and policy of research guidance Development of hardwares for spacecraft and science data analysis
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/manabu_ishida.html
Name Mitsunobu Kawada
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures Introduction to Space Astronomy
Research Keywords Infrared Astronomy, Instrument Development
Details and policy of research guidance
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/mitsunobu_kawada.html
Name Motohide Kokubun
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures Space Astronomy I
Research Keywords High Energy Astrophysics, Hard X-ray/Gamma-ray detector development
Details and policy of research guidance The fundamental object of our laboratory is to investigate high energy phenomena in the universe and their physical process by use of X-ray and gamma-ray satellites.
The research guidance consists of data analysis of Suzaku satellite and development of onboard instruments for the future X-ray satellites.
Message to students Both of a deep exploration on one theme and a broad vision over various scientific concepts have equivalent importances. We hope you keeping this In mind during the graduate course.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/post.html
Name Yoshitomo Maeda
Title Assistant Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords X-ray Astonomy, X-ray Optics
Details and policy of research guidance Let's make a new telescope and open a new window for our universe.
Message to students Enjoy research!
Laboratory or personal web page www.astro.isas.jaxa.jp/~ymaeda/
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/yoshitomo_maeda.html
Name Hideo Matsuhara
Title Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures Space Astronomy II
Research Keywords Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Infrared Observation
Details and policy of research guidance Through the observational study of galaxies and cluster of galaxies by using infrared and (sub-)millimeter-wave electromagnetic waves, we are investigating evolutional history of galaxies : one is based on the analysis of data taken with an infrared space telescope ”AKARI”, launched in Feb. 2006, and the another is based on the optical―infrared―submm―radio-wave observations with ground based telescopes. Furthermore, rocket-borne experiment searching for the Cosmic Niear-IR background radiation (CIBER project), as well as the technical research on the basic observational technology for ground- and space-based instrumentation is also possible.
Message to students You will gain a power and a skill to find science questions by yourself, and construct a way to solve them in your unique and original way.
Laboratory or personal web page http://www.ir.isas.jaxa.jp/index-e.html
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/hideo_matsuhara.html
Name Masanobu Ozaki
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Solar System Sciences
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords High Energy Astrophysics, Instrument Development
Details and policy of research guidance The main theme of the laboratory is the instrument development for Solar system exploration. Graduate students will be supervised to learn how to plan an exploration mission and how to analyse the observed data.
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/masanobu_ozaki.html
Name Iku Shinohara
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Solar System Sciences
Responsible Lectures Solar System Plasma Physics
Research Keywords Space plasma physics, Data analysis of in-situ S/C observation, Numerical simulations
Details and policy of research guidance We are researching various phenomena in space plasma by analyzing data obtained by scientific satellites such as "ARASE" and "GEOTAIL", etc. and numerical experiments/simulations with super-computers.
Message to students It is difficult to explain all aspects of complicated phenomena in space only from numerical experiments/simulations, and it is also hard to clarify the physics of phenomena only by analyzing observation data. I believe that observerd results inspires theoritical insights and that numerical experiments/simulations are indispensable for proof our theories to explain the essence of the phenomena.
Laboratory or personal web page http://sprg.isas.jaxa.jp/researchTeam/spacePlasma/sprg_e.html
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/iku_shinohara.html
Name Aurora Simionescu
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords Clusters of galaxies, large-scale structure, cosmic web, X-ray astronomy, chemical evolution history of the universe, feedback from active galactic nuclei
Details and policy of research guidance We study the physics and chemical make-up of the largest structures in the Universe, primarily using space-based X-ray observatories such as Chandra and XMM-Newton, complemented by multi-wavelength and ground-based radio and sub-millimeter observations. Key questions include understanding details of the ongoing growth and evolution of the cosmic web, looking into how supermassive black holes affect the history of star formation of their host galaxies, and studying the origins of chemical elements in the Universe.
Message to students I encourage active international collaboration and I believe that already as a PhD student you should gain experience working together with other research groups worldwide. Science is a process of discovery, and as scientists you should train yourselves to explore, rather than insisting to get straight to the answer as soon as possible and perhaps missing some even more exciting detours along the way. Take the (intellectual) road less traveled, not the freeway!
Laboratory or personal web page http://aurorasimionescu.wordpress.com/
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/aurora_simionescu.html
Name Takayuki Tamura
Title Assistant Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords Large-scale structure, X-ray observations, dark matter
Details and policy of research guidance Using X-ray observations, I study large scale structure of the universe.
Message to students Observe universe and think about future of us.
Laboratory or personal web page http://tamura-job-log.blogspot.com/
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/takayuki_tamura.html
Name Toru Yamada
Title Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords Galaxy Formatio, Galaxy Evolution, Observational Astronomy
Details and policy of research guidance We conduct study of galaxy formation and evolution with the data obtained by space missions such as Akari, Hubble, Spitzer as well as the ground-based facilities such as subaru and ALMA. We also work on studies for future missions including WFIRST and SPICA.
Message to students Welcome, students who is willing to open and cultivate the future of space astronomy and astrophysics.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/toru_yamada.html
Name Issei Yamamura
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures Space Astronomy II
Research Keywords Infrared Astronomy, Stellar evolution, Mass loss
Details and policy of research guidance Students who will work with me will work to understand various phenomena taking place in the late stage of stellar evolution for low- to intermediate mass stars (approx. 1-8 solar mass). Here "mass loss" is the keyword. We analyse data taken by the space infrared facilities such as AKARI or ISO, Spitzer, Herschel using numerical model constructed by ourselves and discuss about mass loss mechanism and its relation to the stellar evolution. Related new topics proposed by the students are most welcome.
Message to students I resepect stutdent autonomy. Skills on software development is required.
Laboratory or personal web page http://www.ir.isas.jaxa.jp/~yamamura/index-e.html
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/issei_yamamura.html