Yukio Kawano

2001-2006 Assist. Prof., Dept. of Phys., University of Tokyo
2006-2011 Research Scientist, RIKEN
2011-2016 Assoc. Prof., QNERC, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2016 Assoc. Prof., FIRST, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Field of Specialization
Carbon Nano Devices/ Terahertz Devices/Optical Metrology

Laboratory for Future Interdisciplinary
Research of Science and Technology(IIR, Tokyo Tech)


Research Hub Group:Materials and Devices international hub group

Research Highlights

  • Strong enhancement in terahertz field with silicon plasmonic structures and its application to microanalysis
  • Development of flexible terahertz camera and multi-view imaging
  • Nanoscale terahertz imaging and visualization of semiconductor quantum transport


  • April 2017
    Our paper about silicon terahertz plasmonic structures has been published in Applied Physics Letters
  • March 2017
    The flexible terahertz camera and multi-view imaging have been featured in Nature Digest and Nikkei Electronics.
  • Nov.-Dec. 2016
    Our paper about the flexible terahertz camera has been has been published in Nature Photonics and has been featured in Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Denpa Shimbun, Kagaku Shimbun, IEEE spectrum, Photonics Media, German National Radio and so on
  • June 2016
    Daichi Suzuki (D2 of Kawano Lab) receives “Nippon Broadcasting System Award” of FujiSankei Buisiness I Awards

Selected Awards

  • 2007
    Young Scientist Award for the Presentation of an Excellent Paper
  • 2008
    Young Scientist Award of the Physical Society of Japan
  • 2009
    Research Award of the Research Foundation for Opto-Science and Technology
  • 2009
    The Young Scientists’ Prize, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • 2011
    Tokyo Tech President’s Special Award
  • 2011
    Sir Martin Wood Prize
  • 2011
    Japan IBM Science Prize
  • 2012
    Tokyo Tech Innovative Research Engineering Award
  • 2013
    Marubun Research Promotion Foundation Award
  • 2014
    JSPS PRIZE 2014 Funai Academic Prize
  • 2014
    Gottfried Wagener Prize (German Innovation Award)
  • 2015
    14th DOCOMO Mobile Science Award

Selected Publications

  • Y. Kawano and K. Ishibashi, “An on-chip near-field terahertz probe and detector”, Nature Photonics 2, 618-621 (2008).
  • Y. Kawano, “Chip-Based Near-Field Terahertz Microscopy”, IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology 6, 356-364 (2016). (Invited paper)
  • D. Suzuki, S. Oda and Y. Kawano, “A flexible and wearable terahertz scanner”, Nature Photonics 10, 809-814 (2016). Featured in Nature Digest 14, 24-25 (2017).
  • T. Iguchi, T. Sugaya, and Y. Kawano, “Silicon-immersed terahertz plasmonic structures”, Applied Physics Letters 110, 151105-1-4 (2017).