Kai Uwe Martens
Principal investigator (from 2017/04/01 )
Associate Professor (from 2015/04/01 )
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Research Field
Experimental Physics (Astroparticle Physics)
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Last Update 2018/05/30

"Physics or philosophy?" was the question that got answered when, in 1994, I received my Ph.D. in physics from Heidelberg University in Germany. It was earned during five exciting years on a hyperon beam experiment at CERN.

In 1995 I came to the University of Tokyo to build the Super-Kamiokande detector. Five wonderful years of doing neutrino physics in Kamioka and preparing for K2K at KEK ended when in 2000 I joined the faculty at the University of Utah. Results from our HiRes experiment in Utah changed the paradigm in cosmic ray physics. The next generation Telescope Array experiment is now taking data, and I had a major role in bringing that about.

The biggest problem in particle astrophysics today is Dark Matter. I am really excited that at IPMU I have the opportunity to work on the XMASS experiment in Kamioka. What will this new and challenging Dark Matter experiment teach us? Are there WIMPs out there? Working towards answers to these questions I also watch for Supernovae again with Super-Kamiokande and ultra high energy cosmic rays with Telescope Array. Experimental data are the foundation of knowledge, and at IPMU we seek knowledge -of the Universe.

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