Strong Correlation Interface Research Group

Principal Investigator

PI Name Masashi Kawasaki
Degree D.Eng.
Title Group Director
Brief Resume
1989D.Eng., University of Tokyo
1989Postdoctoral Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
1989Postdoctoral Fellow, T. J. Watson Research Center, IBM, USA
1991Research Associate, Tokyo Institute of Technology
1997Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2001Professor, Tohoku University
2007Team Leader, Functional Superstructure Team, RIKEN
2010Team Leader, Strong-Correlation Interfacial Device Research Team, RIKEN
2011Professor, University of Tokyo
2013Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) (-present)
2013Group Director, Strong Correlation Interface Research Group, Strong Correlation Physics Division, RIKEN CEMS (-present)


Thin films and interfaces of topological materials are the playground of our research. Chiral spin textures in real space and magnetic monopoles in momentum space are the sources of non-trivial Hall effect. Photo-excited polar crystals generate unconventional photocurrent. Not classical mechanics but quantum mechanics is needed to understand those examples. We will design and demonstrate possible devices that utilize expectedly dissipationless electron flow exemplified as above. The device physics study will open a new avenue towards topological electronics that manage flow of information and energy carried by such topological current.

Research Fields

Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science


Topological electronics
Thin films and interfaces
Topological materials
Unconventional photovoltaic effect
Unconventional Hall effect


Generation and nonlocal spreading of shift current under local photoexcitation

Noncentrosymmetric materials exhibit a generation of photocurrent without an external electric field, called the bulk photovoltaic effect. In this study, we have revealed the mechanism of the photocurrent generation and spreading under local photoexcitation by potentiometric measurements for a prototypical ferroelectric semiconductor SbSI.

We shined a focused laser light on a SbSI single crystal, and measured the voltage inside and outside of photoirradiated region simultaneously. The results indicate that the photocurrent emerging in photoirradiated region is a less dissipative current driven by the Berry phase of electron’s wavefunction, termed shift current, whereas current spread outside as a dissipative current driven by the internal field. On the basis of result, we determined the equivalent circuit model to simulate the bulk photovoltaic effect in various devise structures. We have also succeeded in fabricating thin films of SbSI with aligned polarization axis by molecular beam epitaxy.

Schematic of photocurrent generation under local photoexcitation in ferroelectric semiconductor SbSI


Control of conduction electrons by magnetic monopoles in a magnetic semiconductor

Magnetic semiconductor is one of the candidates for novel spintronics devices with low power consumption because both magnetic and transport properties can be controlled. Because the Hall effect of magnetic semiconductors can be electrically tuned, magnetic semiconductors have attracted considerable interest from the view point of the application.

 Band crossing called as Weyl nodes which generate magnetic monopoles in momentum space is known to be one of the origin of anomalous Hall effect (AHE). We discovered a new phenomenon of AHE in a high electron mobility oxide magnetic semiconductor, EuTiO3. During the magnetization process of the spin moment on Europium (Eu) under applied magnetic field, it was found that the AHE is not proportional to the magnetization as usual magnets. We revealed that changing the energy position of Weyl nodes that create magnetic monopoles in momentum space by tiny change of Zeeman splitting in the magnetization process dramatically affect the trajectory of electron conductions.

Schematic of the trajectory of electron conduction modified by the monopole (red ball) in momentum space



Masashi Kawasaki

Group Director m.kawasaki[at] R
Kei Takahashi Senior Research Scientist kei.takahashi[at] R

Masao Nakamura

Senior Research Scientist masao.nakamura[at] R

Denis Maryenko

Senior Research Scientist maryenko[at]
Jobu Matsuno Visiting Scientist R


  1. K. Maruhashi, K. S. Takahashi, M. S. Bahramy, S. Shimizu, R. Kurihara, A. Miyake, M. Tokunaga, Y. Tokura, and M. Kawasaki

    Anisotropic Quantum Transport through a Single Spin Channel in the Magnetic Semiconductor EuTiO3

    Adv. Mater. 32, 1908315 (2020)
  2. M. Nakamura, H. Hatada, Y. Kaneko, N. Ogawa, M. Sotome, Y. Tokura, and M. Kawasaki

    Non-local photocurrent in a ferroelectric semiconductor SbSI under local photoexcitation

    Appl. Phys. Lett. 116, 122902 (2020)
  3. S. Inagaki, M. Nakamura, H. Hatada, R. Nishino, F. Kagawa, Y. Tokura, and M. Kawasaki

    Growth of visible-light-responsive ferroelectric SbSI thin films by molecular beam epitaxy

    Appl. Phys. Lett. 116, 072902 (2020)
  4. K. Tanaka, J. Falson, Y. Kozuka, M. Uchida, D. Maryenko, J. T. Ye, Y. Iwasa, A. Tsukazaki, J. H. Smet, and M. Kawasaki

    Ballistic transport in periodically modulated MgZnO/ZnO two-dimensional electron systems

    Appl. Phys. Lett. 115, 153101 (2019)
  5. S. Nishihaya, M. Uchida, Y. Nakazawa, R. Kurihara, K. Akiba, M. Kriener, A. Miyake, Y. Taguchi, M. Tokunaga, and M. Kawasaki

    Quantized surface transport in topological Dirac semimetal films

    Nat. Commun. 10, 2564 (2019)