Satellite systems and space development programs: a talk by Prof. Motoi Wada of Doshisha University


The Department of Physics of Ateneo de Manila University cordially invites you to

Art of Science and Engineering III: A Talk on Satellite Systems and Space Development Programs

by Prof. Motoi Wada (Applied Physics Laborary, Doshisha University)

  • Date: 16 January 2017
  • Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Venue: SOM 211 (John Gokongwei School of Management)

Abstract: The previous talk covered a story of gravitational wave detection. It is a science supported by an advanced technology. We go out to interstellar space this time. There, sophisticated control systems determine trajectories of explorer satellites solving Newtonian mechanics problems that you learn in your classroom. Mathematical formulations visualize images of photon signals in invisible wavelength range from dark deep space. This talk will cover status of space development programs at both USA and Japan


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Art of Science and Engineering II: A talk on gravitational wave detection and nuclear fusion by Prof. Motoi Wada of Doshisha University

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The Department of Physics of Ateneo de Manila University cordially invites you to a talk entitled, Art of Science and Engineering II, by Prof. Motoi Wada of the Applied Physics Laboratory of Doshisha University. The talk will be held on July 14, 2016, Thursday, 10:00 a.m., at the 5th floor of the Rizal Library. Light snacks will be served.

This talk is Prof. Motoi Wada’s second talk at Ateneo de Manila University upon the invitation of Dr. Christian Mahinay, Head of the Vacuum Coating Laboratory of the Department of Physics. Prof. Wada’s previous talk was entitled, Art of Science and Technology, which was held last November 27, 2015, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Social Science Lecture Rooms 3 and 4He talked then about  Japan’s research in the fields particle accelerator physics and semiconductor industry–all with references to art and history.

Now, in Art of Science and Engineering II, Prof. Motoi Wada shall dazzle us once again with his breathtaking slides and videos as he talks on the latest updates on the LIGO experiment for gravitational wave detection and the engineering precision required to make such detection possible in Astronomy. Prof. Wada shall also talk about the cosmic recycling process–about how some stars die a violent death as supernovas, and how the dust and fragments from the nebulous smoke pull themselves together again through the force of gravity, forcing hydrogen atoms to combine to form Helium, resulting in nuclear fusion reaction that gives birth to new stars. But on Earth, the Hydrogen atoms that we generate do not have enough cumulative mass to form a star through nuclear fusion. So the only way perhaps is to force the fusion of Hydrogen by some other means aside from gravity, as Dr. Otto Octavius (Dr. Octopus) tried to do through the magnetic fields from his tentacles, before he plunged into the depths of the sea, holding the newborn star that could have destroyed the human race.

Is man-made nuclear fusion already possible with today’s technology?  How far are we before we can ditch fossil fuel, such as coal and crude oil, in favor of clean energies like nuclear fusion? Let’s ask Pro. Motoi Wada when we attend his talk on ARt of Science and Technology II this July 14, 2016. See you there!


Art of Science and Technology: a talk by Prof. Motoi Wada of Doshisha University on Nov 27, 2015


You are all invited to the following talk:

Art of Science and Technology
by Prof. Motoi Wada,

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the Soc Sci Lecture Rooms 3 & 4 this Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

This seminar will introduce the audience to how the Japanese are cultivating their knowledge and skill in physics and engineering. Japan is currently focusing their research in the fields of exploring extra-terrestrial space, nuclear fusion and elementary particle physics. Interested parties who want to explore the wonderful world of physics and engineering will want to attend this seminar.

Prof. Wada is a faculty of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering in Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He is also the coordinator of the Plasma Physics Laboratory in Doshisha University. His research fields include plasma science and technology, plasma-surface interaction, other plasma applications and nuclear fusion science. Prof. Wada has also done collaborative research work with the Vacuum Coating and Plasma Physics Laboratory in the Department of Physics, SOSE.

Snacks will be served for the attendees.