Meet Dr Teppei Katori: lecturer, particle physicist and man of many hobbies

Queen Mary physics lecturer Teppei Katori

Get to know a bit more about one of the active researchers leading our teaching.

Dr Teppei Katori talks about teaching at Queen Mary, some of his research interests and a bit about some other projects he's been working on.

What do you do in the school of Physics and Astronomy?

I teach 2 modules, Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics in the 2nd year, and Radiation Detectors in the 3rd year.

For research, I mainly work on neutrino physics, on both theoretical and experimental aspects. For these, I work on 3 experiments, the T2K experiment in Japan, the IceCube experiment at the South Pole, and the future Hyper-Kamiokande experiment, again in Japan.

What do you like most about being a physicist at Queen Mary?

I worked last 10 years in at Fermilab in the USA. The research lab has a great environment, however, it is bit disconnected from the real world and people you meet tend to be old.

Being in a university is a completely different environment. There are lots of young people and I feel very fresh after having conversations with students!

On top of that, Queen Mary is one of the leading research universities in the world so it’s a great pace to be a researcher.

Also being a physicist is unique, it’s kind of rockstar job, you do whatever you like! Research in particle physics requires lots of patience, but there is a great pleasure when experimental or theoretical results are published.

What do you get up to when you’re not doing neutrino physics?

I have many (too many) hobbies.

I like reading, there is a huge list of books I want to read the next one is "history of philosophy", Vol 2, medieval philosophy, by Copleston. I also like to play music, I sometimes get spotted in Victoria park when I’m playing my pink trombone.

I like capoeira and tumbling, but I don't know how long my body can stand with these activities...

I also like art. I did few shows with my friends when I lived in Chicago, one related to particle detectors and one related to data storage and digital tape. 

Published on: 
Friday, December 18, 2015

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