Major research projects

Searching out the “truth” - Our products are actively used for academic and scientific research.
A host of diverse academic and scientific research projects are constantly underway to discover the “truth” that we have not known up until now. Our products are selected for use in research fields of great interest to humanity including space and astronomy.

Exploring the Higgs boson

Exploring the Higgs bosson

In 2013, the existence of the Higgs boson was confirmed. This page introduces you to our SSDs (silicon strip detectors) used in the ATLAS experimental apparatus and APDs (avalanche photodiodes) used in the CMS experimental apparatus of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) project at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research).

Exploring neutrinos

Exploring neutrinos

In 1987, Kamiokande made the colossal achievement of history's first neutrino observation from a supernova explosion. This once-in-a-lifetime chance, triggered by a supernova 160,000 light-years away, was captured by our 20-inch PMTs. You can watch the interview of the sales lead at the time of development telling the development story.

Exploring dark matter

Exploring dark matter

The mysterious dark matter makes up about 23% of the universe and it is five to six times the amount of “visible" (observed) matter known in the universe. Our ultra-low-radioactivity photomultiplier tube is used in the XMASS experiment to directly observe the mysterious dark matter using liquid xenon.

Exploring the distant universe

Exploring the distant universe

The Subaru Telescope sits at an elevation of 4205 m at the peak of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii. Its ultra-wide-field prime focus camera contains our CCD area image sensors that boast the highest sensitivity in the world. The CCD area image sensors are used for measuring dark energy and the history of the universe's expansion to unravel the mysteries of the birth of the universe.

Exploring asteroids

Exploring asteroids

In June of 2010, the asteroid explorer “Hayabusa” returned to Earth from a long journey to the asteroid “Itokawa” after being launched into space 7 years previously. The ”Hayabusa” was equipped with the InGaAs image sensor and CCD image sensor developed by Hamamatsu Photonics and these sensors were used to observe the surface condition of the Itokawa asteroid using light.

Application to drug discovery

Application to drug discovery

In 2006, Kyoto University professor Shinya Yamanaka and his associates revealed the induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell. Our FDSS(Functional Drug Screening System)is used in the field of drug discovery using iPS cells which are in the global spotlight. FDSS demonstrates its power of screening in which drug efficacy and toxicity can be researched and drug candidates can be narrowed from large numbers of compounds.

Development of 20-inch PMT

In 1979, Professor Masatoshi Koshiba of the Science Department, the University of Tokyo requested us to develop large size of Photomultiplier tube (PMT). It was 20 inch in diameter, and was an incomparable size in the world those days.

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