Researchers

Project manager

Takeshi Sakanoi
  • Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
  • Associate professor
    • Overall management
    • Observation of infrared Jupiter's aurora
    • Development of infrared Echelle spectrometer

Co-researcher

Yasumasa Kasaba
  • Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
  • Professor
    • Organizing international and domestic planetary spacecraft and ground-based missions
    • Infrared observation of Jupiter and Mars

Hiroaki Misawa
  • Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
  • Associate professor
    • Operating a large radio telescope detecting faint planetary radio emission

Fuminori Tsuchiya
  • Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
  • Assistant professor
    • Investigation of Jupiter's inner magnetosphere based on the Sprint-A/EXCEED satellite

Takahiro Obara
  • Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
  • Professor
    • Director of the planetary plasma and atmospheric research center in Tohoku University

Young scientists assigned to overseas institutes

Overseas institutes
Masato Kagitani
  • Assistant professor
  • Institute for Astronomy (IfA),
    University of Hawaii, USA
    • Organization of 40-cm telescope and construction of 60-m telescope at Haleakala
    • Continuous measurement of Jupiter and Io's volcanoes based on the development of advanced optical instruments

Hiromu Nakagawa
  • Assistant professor
  • Institute for Astronomy (IfA),
    University of Hawaii, USA
    • Installation of ultra-high resolution mid-infrared laser heterodyne spectrometer on the 60 cm telescope
    • Continuous measurement of Martian Methane and minor components
    • International collaboration on Mars Express, MAVEN, and the European Mars project Cross Drive

Naoki Terada
  • Associate professor
  • Laboratoire Atmospheres, Milieux,
    Observations Spatiales (LATMOS), France
    • Development of planetary magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere coupling model
    • Energy and material transfer in the Jupiter's magnetosphere
    • Atmospheric escape process on Mars and Venus

Takeshi Kuroda
  • Assistant professor
  • Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung (MPS),
    Germany
    • Development of the coupling model for Jovian and terrestrial planets
    • Comparison with observation data obtained with our Haleakala telescopes, the Sprint-A/EXCEED satellite and MAVEN.

Overseas institutes

Institute for Astronomy (IfA),
University of Hawaii, USA
  • Jeffry Kuhn
  • Professor
    • Support for the observatories at the summit of Haleakala, and laboratory experiments in IfA
    • Collaboration between Tohoku University and IfA on the development of advanced optical instruments

Laboratoire Atmospheres, Milieux,
Observations Spatiales (LATMOS), France
  • Francois Leblanc
  • Researcher
    • World-wide leader of coupling model for planetary atmosphere
    • Support of the development of a new model
    • Comparison between Martian model and observation data taken from the ground and spacecraft

Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung
(MPS), Germany
  • Paul Hartogh
  • Science staff
    • Observation of terrestrial planets with sub-millimeter band
    • Principal investigator of sub-millimeter instrument for the Jupiter orbiter mission JUICE

Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung
(MPS), Germany
  • Alexander S. Medvedev
  • Science staff
    • Martian general circulation model including including atmospheric waves and chemical processes
    • Modeling for giant gas planets like Jupiter