Laboratory of Applied Solid State Physics

As of October 11, 2021

Basic information


Applied Physics

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Laboratory's URL

Faculty members accepting applicants

MATSUDA Osamu (Prof.), TOMODA Motonobu (Assist. Prof.)

About the laboratory


Our research is focused on acoustics, optics, materials sciences, and mechanical vibrations.  Some representative topics are nanoscale ultrasonic wave generation and detection in materials and structures using ultrashort pulsed lasers, surface acoustic wave visualization, ultrafast electronic and thermal diffusion in solids, topological phononics, acoustic metamaterials, mechanical metamaterials, plasmonics, spin-phonon interactions.

Organization of research

First year Master's students split their time and effort evenly between coursework and research. Students acquire fundamental background skills through coursework and research review. 
We expect all students to acquire basic experimental techniques. Fresh students participate in laboratory weekly seminars held in May-July. They learn the basic experimental skills in July-September.  Then they move to their own individual research work from October. 
We also hold a weekly meeting for all members, to exchange important updates and to engage in research presentations. We hold individual meetings for specific research groups. Faculty members meet students during the seminars, meetings, and experiments. 
Our facilities include are ultrafast time-resolved laser spectroscopy systems, acoustic measurement systems, 3D printers, and motion-capture systems.

Ongoing projects

Enrolled students' research topics

The research topic is determined according to the student's interests and aspirations, and based on mutual agreement between the student and advisor(s). Students are welcome to suggest their own ideas and preferences. In most cases, the advisor(s) suggests multiple options from which the students choose. Some students work on a continuing project inherited from a previous student, often in collaboration with a senior student. Also, students often work on a completely new project.

Information for potential applicants

Applicants' background

We are looking for people with a good knowledge in basic physics (classical mechanics, electro-magnetism, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics) and mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, vector analysis), and with some basic experimental skills. 

Who should apply?

Students with a strong interest in the basics and application of physics, including laboratory experiments, especially in the fields of optics, acoustics, and materials science.

How to choose a research proposal topic?

It would be preferable if the proposal is related to the laboratory's research profile topic of the applicant's interest.

How the research proposal is evaluated?

We evaluate the student proposal based on (1) basic knowledge and understanding the research question, (2) strong motivation to solve the question and finish your Master's or Doctoral course (3) story of the proposal and logical discussion and (4) English.

Plan to accept applicants

Application type Enrollment semester Master’s course Doctoral course Comments
MEXT Scholarship (Uniform call) Oct. 2022
MEXT Embassy
e3 Special Selection Oct. 2022

How to apply

Please follow the application procedure for the respective application category announced at the e3 web page.

Accepting Research Students

We accept applicants as Research Students prior to entering Master’s or Doctoral program. Please check the e3 web page for information about the research students.

Availability of financial support

Please check the e3 web page for information about the scholarships and other financial support.


Prof. Oliver B. Wright will retire in March, 2022, but the mentioned lab projects would be continued mostly after then.


If you have any inquiries about the application and admission procedures etc., please contact the e3 office. You can submit your application on-line during the "matching period" irrespective of prior contact with potential supervisor(s).