About Us

Purpose of Center

Quantum physics has deeply influenced engineering since its birth a century ago: IT devices using semiconductors is the most well-known example in which quantum physics has become to practical use for human beings. However, quantum states which have been found in the last few decades, including strongly correlated states and topological states, are nowadays central issues in the contemporary modern physics. These are offering great opportunities for wide-spread applications. Quantum Phase Electronics Center (QPEC) is investigating such a variety of quantum states of matter where many electrons strongly interact with one another, or topological quantum states play crucial roles, with a purpose of creating new physical concepts to control properties of matter and building a new platform of quantum phase electronics. QPEC will also contribute to cultivate next generation research leaders through guiding students and also in collaboration with other department, schools, and external institutions.

Brief History

The Quantum-Phase Electronics Center (QPEC), which belongs to the School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, was founded in April 2001 in order to develop the results of the COE program "Phase Control of Spin-Charge-Photon Coupled Systems (SCP)" (Head: Prof. Kenjiro Miyano, 1996-2002). Core members of the SCP project were from the Department of Applied Physics. Results of the SCP project include the discovery of the photon-induced metal-insulator transition, understanding of the relationship between the metal-insulator transition and the mechanism of superconductivity, discovery of the "orbiton" excitation and the discovery of ultrafast photon control. These results demonstrate a new engineering field, which is connected to the next generation electronics beyond conventional semiconductor electronics. Since the activity of the SCP project was evaluated to have worldwide impact, a new COE program "Strongly-Correlated Engineering" was accepted in July 2003, and QPEC was a central base which supported the Strongly-Correlated Engineering program. And also, Global Center of Excellence for Physical Sciences Frontier has been accepted in July 2008, QPEC supports this program.


Foundation April 1, 2001
Year Established 2001- Present
Organization Education and research facility attached to the University of Tokyo School of Engineering
Base of activity Building No.6, No.8 and No.9 of Engineering in Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo.

Configuration of Center

MERIT 1 Senior Researcher/MERIT Program Management Committee Chairman, and 1 Lecturer
Field of Quantum Phase Control 1 Professor, and 1 Research Associate
Field of Quantum Phase Engineering Project 1 Professor, and 1 Lecturer
Topological Quantum Engineering 1 Professor, and 1 Research Associate
Quantum Phase Electoronics 1 Associate Professor, and 1 Research Associate
Division of UT-RIKEN Cooperation Program 2 Associate Professor, and 2 Lecturers
Adjunct Member University Cooperation (Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School of Frontier Science, School of Science, RCAST, Cryogenic Research Center, and Institute of Engineering Innovation),and 
Members outside UT(RIKEN, Stanford University, Max-Planck Institute, British Columbia University)