Science Plaza 2014

“Science Plaza 2014”, an open-house event of NTT Basic Research Laboratories (BRL), was held at NTT Atsugi R&D Center on Friday, November 21st, 2014. Under the banner “Frontier Science: Open Door to the Future”, Science Plaza aimed to disseminate our latest research accomplishments through various sections of people inside and outside of NTT and to gather diverse opinions.

Following an opening address from Dr. Tetsuomi Sogawa, the director of BRL, the project manager of NTT Nanophotonics Center, Dr. Masaya Notomi gave a lecture on “Extreme investigation of optical devices using photonic crystals”. In the afternoon session, Professor / Chief Scientist Hidetoshi Katori of The University of Tokyo and Quantum Metrology Laboratory in RIKEN, gave a special lecture entitled “The relativistic space-time embossed by optical lattice clocks”. Each lecture was well-attended and followed by heated question and answer sessions.

As regards the poster exhibits, 38 posters, including 16 from Nanophotonics Center, Device Innovation Center, Device Technology Laboratories and Communication Science Laboratories presented our latest research accomplishments. Universities and the research institutes also presented 29 posters of their joint research with NTT in the poster exhibits. While explaining the originality and impact—as well as the future prospects—, these posters were intensively discussed, and many meaningful opinions were heard. This year’s “Lab Tour”—a guided tour of research facilities at NTT BRL that has been receiving high reputation from visitors over the years—took place at four different labs, so that as many people as possible could join the tour. After all lectures, presentations, and exhibitions, a banquet was held in Center’s dining room, where lively conversation among participants deepened their amity.

About 220 people from research institutes, universities, and general industries, as well as from NTT Group, attended Science Plaza 2014. Thanks to the efforts of all participants, the conference ended on a high note. We would thus like sincerely to express our gratitude to all of the participants.