Kenji Ohmori (大森 賢治, Ōmori Kenji, born November 10, 1962 in Kumamoto City) is a Japanese physicist and chemist. National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan (NIMS), Institute for Molecular Science (IMS)
Education and careerEdit
- 1987 Graduated from Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
- 1992 Ph. D, The University of Tokyo
- 1992 Research Associate, Tohoku University
- 2001 Associate Professor, Tohoku University
- 2003 Full Professor, IMS
- 2007-2010 Director, Laser Research Center for Molecular Science, IMS
- 2010–present Chairman, Department of Photo-Molecular Science, IMS
- 2004-2005 Visiting Professor, Tohoku University
- 2007-2008 Visiting Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
- 2009-2011 Visiting Professor, The University of Tokyo
- 2014-2016 Visiting Professor, University of Strasbourg
- 2012–present Visiting Professor(Humboldt Awardee), University of Heidelberg
Kenji Ohmori has succeeded in designing and visualizing spatiotemporal images given by the interference of matter waves of atoms in a molecule with picometer and femtosecond resolution [1,2]. The precision of this processing is the highest to date, higher than that of the current nanotechnology by three orders of magnitudes. This ultrahigh-precision processing has been implemented with the temporal oscillations of laser electric fields engineered with attosecond precision and imprinted on the matter waves of atoms and electrons in a molecule. He has utilized this technique to develop a molecular computer in which a single 0.3-nanometer-size molecule can calculate 1000 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer [3,4]. He has also developed an ultrafast quantum simulator that can simulate non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems in one nanosecond, introducing a novel concept where he has combined his ultrafast coherent control with attosecond precision and ultracold atoms cooled down to temperatures close to absolute zero.
Honors and awardsEdit
- 1998 Award by Research Foundation for Opto-Science and Technology
- 2007 JSPS Prize
- 2007 Japan Academy Medal
- 2008 Norman Hascoe Distinguished Lecturer, University of Connecticut, USA
- 2009 Fellow of the American Physical Society
- 2012 Humboldt Prize
- 2017 Matsuo Foundation Hiroshi Takuma Memorial Prize
- 2018 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
- Katsuki, H. (2006-03-17). "Visualizing Picometric Quantum Ripples of Ultrafast Wave-Packet Interference". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 311 (5767): 1589–1592. Bibcode:2006Sci...311.1589K. doi:10.1126/science.1121240. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 16543456. S2CID 31015979.
- Katsuki, Hiroyuki; Chiba, Hisashi; Meier, Christoph; Girard, Bertrand; Ohmori, Kenji (2009-03-11). "Actively Tailored Spatiotemporal Images of Quantum Interference on the Picometer and Femtosecond Scales". Physical Review Letters. American Physical Society (APS). 102 (10): 103602. Bibcode:2009PhRvL.102j3602K. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.102.103602. ISSN 0031-9007. PMID 19392112.
- Hosaka, Kouichi; Shimada, Hiroyuki; Chiba, Hisashi; Katsuki, Hiroyuki; Teranishi, Yoshiaki; Ohtsuki, Yukiyoshi; Ohmori, Kenji (2010-05-03). "Ultrafast Fourier Transform with a Femtosecond-Laser-Driven Molecule". Physical Review Letters. American Physical Society (APS). 104 (18): 180501. Bibcode:2010PhRvL.104r0501H. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.104.180501. ISSN 0031-9007. PMID 20482157.
- Goto, Haruka; Katsuki, Hiroyuki; Ibrahim, Heide; Chiba, Hisashi; Ohmori, Kenji (2011-04-10). "Strong-laser-induced quantum interference". Nature Physics. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 7 (5): 383–385. Bibcode:2011NatPh...7..383G. doi:10.1038/nphys1960. ISSN 1745-2473.
- Takei, Nobuyuki; Sommer, Christian; Genes, Claudiu; Pupillo, Guido; Goto, Haruka; et al. (2016-11-16). "Direct observation of ultrafast many-body electron dynamics in an ultracold Rydberg gas". Nature Communications. 7 (1): 13449. arXiv:1504.03635. Bibcode:2016NatCo...713449T. doi:10.1038/ncomms13449. ISSN 2041-1723. PMC 5116092. PMID 27849054.