First of all, thank you for your interest in our group! This webpage gives you some information about our policy and the attitude we would like you to have as a graduate student. If you are interested in joining our group, please read this page first. I hope this will help you decide whether or not this laboratory is suitable for you.
If you would like to know more about this lab, please feel free to contact Prof. Satoshi Okuzumi. See here for his contact information.
See also this page for how to apply for the International Graduate Program (IGP) at Tokyo Tech.
1. About research in our group
We work on planet formation and its environment, protoplanetary disks. Our ultimate goal is to answer the following fundamental questions: When and where do planets with diverse compositions form? How commonly do planets like the Earth form?
Our research is interdisciplinary, spanning from astronomy and astrophysics to planetary sciences. We collaborate with observational astronomers and cosmochemists outside our group.
Our research is guided by two key policies:
Understand the physics of planet formation: We mainly use (astro)physics and computer simulations to study the processes of planet formation.
Test theory against observations: With the increasing astronomical data on exoplanets and protoplanetary disks, along with data from meteorites and solar system exploration, we aim to establish planet formation theory as an empirical science.
Our research is centered on theory, but some students develop methods for analyzing observational data (including machine learning techniques).
2. Become an independent researcher
The students in our lab are expected to grow into independent researchers. This means that you are assumed to lead your own research project and be responsible for it. Your "boss" is YOURSELF, not your supervisor. Your supervisor will be happy to help you carry out your research and give you advice, but will not manage your plan and schedule.