History of SEMRL: Kishio Laboratory

In a paper contributed in spring 1986, Bednorz and Muller who worked in IBM Switzerland suggested "Possibility of High Tc Superconductivity", which led them to the glorious Nobel prize in 1987. The suggestion was confirmed by the members of Shoji TANAKA and Kazuo FUEKI laboratories, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. Next February, Dr.M.k.Wu at Alabama University discovered YBaCuO series whose critical temperatures surpassed the liquid nitrogen, which brought the "Superconductivity Fever" to all over the world. At this early stage, hard research works in University of Tokyo, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, and Institute for Solid State Physics, contributed to the development of this field substantially.

Then, in April 1990, "Superconductivity Engineering" Special Study Course (Department of Superconductivity) was established in Faculty of Engineering, Graduate school, University of Tokyo, as the graduate school special course for the first time in Japan. Department of Superconductivity has the wide links with many other courses, and is mainly held by professors and students of graduate school courses such as Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry, Electrical and Eletronic Engineering, and Metallurgy and Materials Science. Since then, the department has been covering larger subjects of researches than the conventional ones, such as solid state physics, materials science, device engineering, science of mesurements, circuit engineering, electromagnetic dynamics, as well as superconductivity. Our "SEMRL" laboratory was newly born at the same time when the department was extablished.

Although the Department of Superconductivity completed its role in March 2005, our studies on cuprate superconductors are still leading the fields of basic science and applications. After year 2000, we expanded our research fields into non-oxide superconductors, thermoelectric oxides and colossal magnetoresistance oxides, using our knowledge and experience of material engineering, chemistry and single crystal growth. We are also studying the effects of magnetic fields to improve the microstructure of materials. Please look at our "PAPERS" section to see our achievements in recent years.

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