Scientific Staff

Masahiro Takada
Professor (from 2013/03/16 ) [UT]
Project Professor (from 2012/10/01 to 2013/03/15)
Project Associate Professor (from 2008/03/01 to 2012/09/30)
Research Field
Theoretical Physics (Cosmology)
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Last Update 2016/05/25 14:33:42

My research interest lies in the field of observational cosmology, especially aimed at understanding how hierarchical structures of the Universe have been formed. The standard scenario predicts that cosmic structures are formed as a result of amplification of primordial seed fluctuations due to gravitational instability mainly driven by dark matter. In addition, another mysterious component (to cause the present-day cosmic acceleration), dark energy affects structure formation through ``the effect on cosmic expansion. Finally, the Big Bang relic neutrinos’finite masses imprint characteristic features onto large-scale structures. Therefore, a detailed study of the properties and time evolution of structure formation processes using cosmological observations allows us to explore the nature of dark matter, dark energy and neutrinos. This is the final goal of my research.

What I have worked on so far includes: 1) developing a method based on cosmological gravitational lensing to probe dark energy,

2) reconstructing dark matter distribution in a galaxy cluster based on a lensing analysis of the Subaru data, and 3) developing a model to describe the effect of finite-mass neutrinos on structure formation.

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