Kunio Inoue


Prof. Kunio Inoue was born in Osaka in 1965. His specialty is experimental particle physics, especially underground neutrino experiment. He is an executive committee member of KamLAND experiments at Kamioka site.

He received B.Sc and M.Sc degree from Osaka University in 1988 and 1990, and received Ph.D degree from University of Tokyo in 1994. In 1992, he started his academic career by joining Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo as a Research Associate, and in 1998, he became an Associate Professor at Tohoku University. He was also appointed Visiting Associate Professor at University of Tokyo from 2002 to 2004.

He started his research with a development of a low energy solar neutrino detector in his master course and since then he continued his research in Kamiokande, Super-Kamiokande and KamLAND collaborations. His main interest has been the solar neutrino problem. And in his short research career, he experienced that the problem became common and finally got resolved. It was a great opportunity that he has been able to contribute to solving the problem. Next targets are the detection of geo-neutrinos as a start of "neutrino geo-physics" and a real time observation of low energy solar neutrinos with KamLAND.

In 1999, the Super-Kamiokande collaboration received the Asahi Prize, while he was a member of the collaboration. And he was awarded to Koshiba Prize with Dr. J. Shirai and Dr. F. Suekane in 2004.



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