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Koji Hashimoto | Osaka univ. | Japan

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At TRIUMF.

It’s cloudy and snowy here at Vancouver, I am visiting TRIUMF for just one day.

We are enjoying RIKEN-TRIUMF collaboration meeting for nuclear theory. Again, I am attending for presenting a talk of course on nuclear physics. People in the theory group of TRIUMF are friendly and I have a good time here for discussions and chatting. I am not sure how much our work on the computation of the nuclear force in string theory may help real nuclear physics — “real” means precision nuclear physics, well, nuclear physics is really a precision physics, while our computations using holography have always 1/N_c corrections and never be precise in that sense. However, I emphasized that to get a global picture of what is going on before getting into the details, our approach may help. And one of those themes is in fact many-body nuclear forces, which are still mysterious for any nuclear physicists, I believe. Thanks to the question I got from the members of TRIUMF and also from RIKEN members, I vaguely get one more direction of my research, though I am not sure how it is going to be realistic.

TRIUMF has a nice accomodation which is called TRIUMF House. It is located in the middle of the UBC (university of British Columbia) campus. The rooms are confortable, and it has a nice large common kitchen, so it is a relaxing place. We rent a car, and for the first time in my life I drove in snow… Probably because the car was a nice one, there was no actual difference in driving in snow and in rainy Japan. Driving in North America is a fun, I like it very much. It actually makes me fell like I am really in a foureign country, somehow. It would be beautiful to drive in Canada in summer seasons, and definitely I would like to come here again in the future. So, I will not exchange my Canadian dollars back to Japanese yens, and keep the Canadian dollars for my future trip to Canada.

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