Strong Correlation Theory Research Group

Principal Investigator

PI Name Naoto Nagaosa
Degree D.Sci.
Title Group Director
Brief Resume
1983Research Associate, University of Tokyo
1986D.Sci., University of Tokyo
1998Professor, University of Tokyo (-present)
2001Team Leader, Theory Team, Correlated Electron Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
2007Team Leader, Theoretical Design Team, RIKEN
2010Team Leader, Strong-Correlation Theory Research Team, RIKEN
2013Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) (-present)
2013Division Director, Strong Correlation Physics Division, RIKEN CEMS
2013Group Director, Strong Correlation Theory Research Group, Strong Correlation Physics Division, RIKEN CEMS (-present)


We study theoretically the electronic states in solids from the viewpoint of topology and explore new functions, including non-dissipative currents. Combining first-principles electronic structure calculations, analytic methods of quantum field theory and numerical analysis of models for correlated systems, we predict and design magnetic, optical, transport and thermal properties of correlated electrons focusing on their internal degrees of freedom such as spin and orbital. In particular, we study extensively the nontrivial interplay between these various properties, i.e., cross-correlation, and develop new concepts such as electron fractionalization and non-dissipative quantum operation by considering the topology given by the relativistic spin-orbit interaction and/or spin textures.

Research Fields

Physics, Engineering, Materials Sciences


Emergent electromagnetism
Magnetoelectric effect
Shift current
Non-reciprocal effect
Spin Hall effect
Interface electrons


Theory of shift current in noncentrosymmetric materials

It has been known that the dc current is induced by the photo-excitation without the external electric field in noncentrosymmetric materials. This phenomenon, called ”shift current”, is driven by the geometrical Berry phase of the Bloch electrons in solids, and is one of the topological currents. We have studied theoretically the physical properties of this shift current such as the effects of the relaxation due to impurity scattering and electron-phonon interaction, the acceleration by external electric field, and quantum shot noise of shift current.  We have revealed the followings: (i) the relaxation affects the dependence of the shift current on the intensity of photo-excitation, while shift current does not depend on it when the photo-excitation is weak. (ii) I-V characteristics of the shift current under the external electric field depends strongly on the relaxation, and the lower mobility of the photo-carriers gives the higher energy-conversion ratio, which is in sharp contrast to the conventional case. (iii) The noise of the shift current is reduced when the band-width is small. In addition, we have estimated the shift current in SbSI, and obtained the good agreement with the experimental result quantitatively including the energy dependence of the incident light.

Shift current in ferroelectric semiconductor SbSI. Left: Crystal structure of SbSI. Middle: Time dependence of the emitted THz light. Right: The incident-light energy dependence of the shift current. Theory and experiment shows good agreement quantitatively.
M. Sotome, et al., “Spectral dynamics of shift current in ferroelectric semiconductor SbSI” Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116, 1929-1933 (2019)


Skyrmion dynamics in disordered magnet

Distinct from the magnetic textures such as domain wall, helical structure, and vortex, the topological particle in magnets, skyrmion, has unique features. A typical one is the extremely small critical current density jc for the current-driven motion of the skyrmion. The finite jc indicates the pinning effect due to the disorder such as impurities and defects. We study the current-driven skyrmion dynamics with disorders by a numerical simulation of Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation, and four different skyrmion phases are found: (A) pinned state, (B) depinned state, (C) skyrmion multiplication/annihilation, and (D) segregation of skyrmions, as the current density increases, while only two phases (A) and (B) appear in the weak disorder case. The new phases (C) and (D) are due to the deformation of skyrmions and spin wave emission, respectively. In addition, we have developed the replica field theory of skyrmion glass state, and revealed the dramatic differences between helical and skyrmion phases by calculating the physical properties such as domain size, pinning frequency, nonreciprocal collective modes, optical conductivity, and magnetic resonance.

Skyrmion multiplication
Due to the strong impurity effect, the current driven skyrmion splits into two or more.
W. Koshibae and N. Nagaosa, Scientific Reports 8, 6328 (2018)


Naoto Nagaosa

Group Director nagaosa[at] R

Andrey Mishchenko

Senior Research Scientist

Wataru Koshibae

Senior Research Scientist

Jun He

Postdoctoral Researcher

Akihiko Sekine

Special Postdoctoral Researcher

Daichi Kurebayashi

Special Postdoctoral Researcher

Jan Christian Masell

Visiting Researcher



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