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Division of Electronics for Informatics

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What are the goals of the Division of Electronics for Informatics?

Advances in information science and technological applications such as the Internet and smartphones have been supported by innovation in hardware technology, as seen in the development of new materials and devices. The Division of Electronics for Informatics focuses on research on devices leveraging novel concepts for development with the new materials, structures and principles required in next-generation information processing systems. The Division also engages in comprehensive and integrated research on circuits and system architecture that incorporate the essence of such devices.

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What research activities are under way?

The Division of Electronics for Informatics features the creation and development of innovative hardware technology that will become the foundation for information and communication processing systems for future generations. The main research fields are the comprehensive research and development of materials, devices, circuits, system architectures, and optical and terahertz network systems; the creation of nanostructures, nanomaterials and other new material groups; the development of new electronic and optical devices using quantum phenomena; the development of functional electronic and optical circuits and integrated systems using various devices; and hardware development with information processing architectures and logical design for next-generation system architectures in mind.

Major research fields

Solid state physics, Optical properties of semiconductors and related topics, Quantum materials science, Physics of semiconductor nanoscale electron devices, Advanced optoelectronic devices, Advanced functional electronic devices, Quantum device engineering, Integrated material processing, Advanced electronic materials, Integrated information processing, Photonic information system, System applications of LSIs, Digital communication systems, Quantum Information Science

What characteristics do the research groups have?

The Division of Electronics for Informatics has three research groups. The Research Group of Integrated Systems Engineering pursues comprehensive research concerning new integrated hardware and application systems. The Research Group of Advanced Electronics turns to the creation of electronic and optical devices based on new principles and research into applied technologies for circuits and systems. The Research Group of Quantum Electronics and Informatics consists of laboratories belonging to the Research Center for Integrated Quantum Electronics and the Research Institute for Electronic Science, and strives to create new electronics for quantum informatics based on the principles of quantum mechanics.

Research content

Research Group of Integrated Systems Engineering
  • ・ Design and development of novel intelligent LSIs
  • ・ R&D on future hardware-software crossover LSIs
  • ・ R&D on high-performance nanowire-based electron and optical devices
  • ・ Creation of novel electronic materials involving the use of semiconductor nanostructure, plasma engineering and biotechnology and related application in the field of lasers
Research Group of Advanced Electronics
  • ・ Research on novel devices involving the use of electron spin for information communication electronics
  • ・ Development of atomic- and spin-resolution measurement technology and novel functional sensor devices
  • ・ Novel optical information processing and communication technology involving the use of quantum mechanical behavior and the coherency of light
  • ・ Ultra-low power consumption transistors controlling single electrons in metal and semiconductor nanodots
Research Group of Quantum Electronics and Informatics (Cooperation Chair)
  • ・ R&D on ultra-high-performance electronic and optical devices involving the use of semiconductor nanostructures
  • ・ Control of ferromagnetism/semiconductor interfaces and related application to spin-injection transistors
  • ・ R&D on wireless communication and optical communication systems combining ultra-high-speed devices and meta-materials
  • ・ Ultimate optical information processing and optical measurement/control technology involving the use of quantum mechanics and the wave characteristics of light
  • ・ Nanotechnology for control of electrons/photons and related application to quantum information communication

What education is provided?

The Division of Electronics for Informatics is known for its comprehensive and integrated practice and promotion of leading-edge research and education concerning next-generation device technology as well as circuit and system architecture technology. The Division’s curriculum, which is based on advanced academic research, allows students to develop research abilities and gain a wide range of advanced knowledge in the field of electronics. The subjects studied cover materials and process technology, electronic circuit technology, device technology, and information processing and communication technology. The faculty also provides full support to students writing master’s theses and those performing doctoral dissertation research. These wide-range and diligent research and educational activities help students to conceive flexible ideas and develop outstanding ability for achievement, thereby encouraging initiatives in the generation of new science and technology and in the promotion of research/development and industry.

Major curriculum

Solid state physics, Optical properties of semiconductors and related topics, Quantum materials science, Physics of semiconductor nanoscale electron devices, Advanced optoelectronic devices, Advanced functional electronic devices, Quantum device engineering, Integrated material processing, Advanced electronic materials, Integrated information processing, Photonic information system, System applications of LSIs, Digital communication systems, Advanced electronic devices

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