We welcome Takayuki Kurihara to the Zukunftskolleg

Takayuki Kurihara has started his 5-year Research Fellowship on April 1st. He is affiliated with the department of physics and specialised in ultrafast optics.

Takayuki obtained his PhD in 2016 from the Department of Physics at the University of Tokyo. He gained his first postdoctoral experience at Osaka University and came to Konstanz in 2016 with fellowships he obtained from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. During his time at the Zukunftskolleg, he will work on his research project “Time-Domain Studies of Intrinsic Fluctuations in Condensed Matter”. “Fluctuations of elementary degrees of freedom play a crucial role in a variety of phenomena in solids, including charge transport, energy dissipation and phase transitions. Although the fluctuation dynamics contains rich information, their direct observation in the time domain remains largely unexplored. The goal of this study is to establish a conceptually new experimental technique which enables us to investigate fundamental fluctuations in solid-state systems both in equilibrium and under non-equilibrium conditions.” This research project covers some of the most important branches of physics, namely photonics, condensed-matter physics, statistical physics and quantum physics. Takayuki is looking forward to his time at the Zukunftskolleg: “I hope that the international and interdisciplinary environment at Zukunftskolleg helps to fulfil my academic curiosity, growing my soft skills, and extending my own internal horizons.”