RIKEN the Nishina Center
Check it Out Cutting-Edge Nuclear Science! The Cheering Squad for the Nishina Center
Interview articles written by high school and university students.
Radioactive Isotope Physics Laboratory
Dr. Pieter Doornenbal
‘I want to study the structure of isotopes that do not exist on Earth’
Interviewer: Yosuke Iida
Senior in Osaka Prefectural Sumiyoshi High School
Spin Isospin Laboratory
Dr. Sarah Naimi
Find the mass of the nucleus and unravel the origin of the universe
Interviewer: Risa Nakagawa
Sophomore at Tohoku University Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry
Nuclear Spectroscopy Laboratory
Dr. Aiko Takamine
Lighting up unstable nuclei with a laser
Interviewer: Akiho Tanaka
Sophomore at the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Liberal Arts, First semester, Liberal Arts Course Science Class 1
Accelerator Basic Research Department
Dr. Takahiro Nishi
Accelerator research as a ‘comprehensive art’
Looking into the ‘depths of the universe’
Interviewer: Chihiro Kaibuki
RI Application Research Group
Dr. Yudai Shigekawa and Dr. Akihiro Nambu
‘We get to handle elements that don’t normally exist’
Two people doing cutting-edge radioisotope research were a senior and a junior in their student days.
Interviewer: Mei Tokutomi
Junior at Kyoto University, Faculty of Engineering

About the Nishina Center

The Nishina Center is a research facility named after Dr. Yoshio Nishina, the “father of nuclear physics” in Japan. With the world’s highest performing Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory (RIBF) and a host of researchers, we confront two big questions: “How were the elements created in the universe?” and “Can humankind freely convert elements?” Our aim is to return the research results obtained to society and solve pressing environmental, energy and resource issues.