"Exploring the Universe with Neutrinos and Gravitational Waves" - Prof Takaaki Kajita
The Standard Model used by modern physics has three types of a very small and elusive particle called the neutrino. In the Super-Kamiokande detector, an experimental facility in a mine in Japan in 1998, Professor Kajita detected neutrinos created in reactions between cosmic rays and the Earth's atmosphere.
Professor Kajita graduated from Saitama University. Then he studied in the University of Tokyo’s graduate school, and received his doctorate in 1986.
At the University of Tokyo, his advisor was Professor Masatoshi Koshiba, who later won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2002.
Since 1988, Professor Kajita has been affiliated with the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, the University of Tokyo, and in 2008 he became its Director.