7th NTT-BRL School
The seventh NTT Basic Research Laboratories (BRL) School was held on November 15-17th, 2015 at NTT Atsugi R&D Center. The aim of the school was to foster young researchers working in the material, nano and quantum science fields and to promote the international visibility of NTT BRL. This year the theme of the school was “Nano and Optics”, and was closely related to ongoing research within NTT BRL. Prestigious professors and researchers were invited to participate as lecturers. We accepted thirty (mainly PhD) students from eleven countries.
On the first day, Prof. Gerhard Abstreiter (Walter Schottky Institute, Technische Universität München) gave a lecture entitled “Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Hetero- Nano- and Quantum Structures”. His lectures covered topics ranging from basic semiconductor physics to fabrication technologies, and device applications for low-dimensional structures. In addition, the director of NTT BRL, Dr. Tetsuomi Sogawa, provided an introduction to NTT BRL and we conducted a laboratory tour to show our research facilities and to introduce recent research activities at NTT BRL. On the second day, Prof. Yasuhiko Arakawa (The University of Tokyo) gave a lecture entitled “Progress in Quantum Dot Photonics” and also introduced the “International Year of Light 2015” as the President of The International Commission for Optics (ICO). Dr. Masaya Notomi (Senior Distinguished Researcher) and Dr. William J. Munro (Distinguished Researcher) gave lectures entitled “Nanophotonics for Large-scale Integration” and “Quantum Fun with Photons”, respectively. After the lectures, the students went on an excursion to Aikawa City, which is close to the NTT Atsugi R&D Center and enjoyed the hands-on experience of learning indigo tie-dyeing, a traditional Japanese craft. On the third day, Prof. Tobias Kippenberg (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) gave a lecture on “Cavity Optomechanics”. In the afternoon, the students attended the International Symposium on Nanoscale Transport and Technology (ISNTT) hosted by NTT BRL. As part of this event, the students gave poster presentations on their research. The students, lecturers, and NTT BRL researchers all had an excellent time exchanging information on current research topics in various fields. At a joint BRL School and ISNTT party, “Best Poster Prizes” were awarded to three students who gave noteworthy poster presentations. The students had the opportunity to discuss high-quality research and build human networks and friendships within this school. NTT BRL will continue to provide these occasions to support young researchers and to establish research collaborations in the fields of material, nano and quantum science.