The University of Tokyo Next-Generation Neutrino Science Organization is a means of pioneering the future of neutrino physics through the development of neutrino research techniques and detector technologies. In particular, it aims to advance what will become its flagship facility, the Hyper-Kamiokande project.
To that end, the University of Tokyo Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, and the University of Tokyo School of Science have partnered to form our Organization on October 1st of this year.
The Organization will work not only towards the construction of a research system wherein theory, experiment, and observation work in close cooperation but also to establish a center for the world’s neutrino research so that should Hyper-Kamiokande be realized in future, its research program will proceed smoothly therein.
Understanding the neutrino, whose mass is extremely small, is not only important to particle physics, but is also thought to have deep connections to the origins of matter. Indeed, by observing neutrinos created with the high intensity proton accelerator J-PARC at Hyper-Kamiokande and testing whether or not neutrino and antineutrino oscillations are the same, we expect to close in on the mysteries of our matter dominated universe.
Further, we would like to discover the decay of the proton and thereby verify the unification of the three forces that act between elementary particles. Through the research represented by these goals, I would like to greatly expand our knowledge of elementary particles and the universe.
Nov. 8, 2017 Takaaki Kajita