Laureates

Yoichiro Suzuki and the Super K Collaboration

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo

2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

For the fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the Standard Model of particle physics.

The Science

Sixty-five billion neutrinos pass through every square centimeter of your body every second, but since they are invisible and pass right through the Earth with scarcely any impacts, they are very hard to detect and study. Yoichiro Suzuki and the Super K experiment in Japan demonstrated that neutrinos coming from space “oscillate”, or spontaneously transform into different types. This has major implications for our understanding of the Standard Model of particle physics and perhaps the origin of the Universe.

Comments

I did my postdoc at Brown University and was involved in a neutrino experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory. There I met three leaders — R. E. Lanou (Brown), A. K. Mann (University of Pennsylvania), D. H. White (BNL) — from whom I learned a lot about physics, how to obtain results and how to cooperate with other people with different ideas. This was the start of my career in neutrino physics. Yoji Totsuka was a strong first leader for Super K — sometimes too strong. But Yoji treated us equally, whether we were his pupils or not. He taught me how to show leadership, raise money, and attract talent. Unfortunately he passed away in 2008. I am indebted to him for many things. In contrast, the US leaders of Super K — H. Sobel and J. Stone — were gentle and cooperative. It was due to their character that the SK collaboration was so successful for many years. No doubt my family suffered on my account. My wife married me when I was a graduate student: she got no honeymoon and no husband on weekends. I sincerely thank my family for supporting me for many years in such tough conditions. My two children were born in the US while I was working on the neutrino experiment at Brookhaven. Thanks, neutrinos.

Yoichiro Suzuki and the Super K Collaboration

Ceremony Acceptance Video

Breakthrough Prize Symposium Talks

*Collaboration:

  • Andrew L. Stachyra
  • Shuichiro Hatakeyama
  • A. Hasegawa
  • A. Sakai
  • Alec Habig
  • Atsuko Kibayashi
  • Atsumu Suzuki
  • Atsushi Okada
  • B. K. Kim
  • Brett Viren
  • Chang Kee Jung
  • Chiaki Yanagisawa
  • Chikaori Mitsuda
  • Choji Saji
  • Christopher Mauger
  • Christopher W. Walter
  • Clark McGrew
  • D. Takemori
  • Danuta Kielczewska
  • David Casper
  • Dawai W. Liu
  • Dusan Turcan
  • E. Ichihara
  • Edward Kearns
  • Eric Sharkey
  • Erik Blaufuss
  • Fumito Tsushima
  • G. Guillian
  • Gregory W. Sullivan
  • H. Fujiyasu
  • H. I. Kim
  • H. Takeuchi
  • Henry W. Sobel
  • Hirokazu Ishino
  • Hiroko Okazawa
  • Hiroshi Ogawa
  • J.Hsu
  • James L. Stone
  • Jeffery .S. George
  • Jim Hill
  • John G. Learned
  • John W. Flanagan
  • Jonghee Yoo
  • Jordan A. Goodman
  • Jun Kameda
  • Junichi Kanzaki
  • Junpei Shirai
  • K. B. Lee
  • K. Fujita
  • Kai Martens
  • Kate Scholberg
  • Kazumasa Miyano
  • Kazunori Nitta
  • Kazuyoshi Kobayashi
  • Kenji Ishihara
  • Kennith S.Ganezer
  • Kenzo Nakamura
  • Kimihiro Okumura
  • Kunio Inoue
  • Kyoshi Nishijima
  • Larry L. Wai
  • Lawrence R. Sulak
  • Leroy R. Price
  • M. Etoh
  • M. Kohama
  • M. Koike
  • M. Morii
  • Machiko Nemoto
  • Makoto Miura
  • Makoto Sakuda
  • Makoto Takahata
  • Makoto Yoshida
  • Mark D. Messier
  • Mark R. Vagins
  • Masaki Ishitsuka
  • Masato Shiozawa
  • Masato Takita
  • Masatoshi Koshiba
  • Masayuki Koga
  • Masayuki Nakahata
  • Matthew Earl
  • Matthew Malek
  • Mei-Li Chen
  • Michael B. Smy
  • Nobuyuki Sakurai
  • Osamu Sasaki
  • Peter G.Halverson
  • R. W. Ellsworth
  • R.A.Doyle
  • R.Jeffery Wilkes
  • Robert Sanford
  • Robert Svoboda
  • S. Echigo
  • S. Fukuda
  • Shantamu Desai
  • Shigeki Tasaka
  • Shigenobu Matsuno
  • Shigetaka Moriyama
  • Shoei Nakayama
  • Shuei Yamada
  • Shunichi Mine
  • Soo-Bong Kim
  • Steven B. Boyd
  • Steven Dazeley
  • Syunsuke Kasuga
  • T. Futagami
  • T. Inagaki
  • Takanobu Ishii
  • Takashi Kobayashi
  • Takasumi Maruyama
  • Takayuki Yamaguchi
  • Takeharu Ishizuka
  • Taku Hayakawa
  • Takuya Hasegawa
  • Tatsunobu Shibata
  • Todd J. Haines
  • Tomasz Barszczak
  • Toshiyuki Iwamoto
  • Toshiyuki Toshito
  • Tsuyoshi Nakaya
  • Urszula Golebiewska
  • W. Doki
  • W. E. Keig
  • William R.Kropp
  • Y. Ichikawa
  • Y. Kobayashi
  • Yasuo Takeuchi
  • Yasushi Watanabe
  • Yorikiyo Nagasima
  • Yoshihisa Obayashi
  • Yoshihito Gando
  • Yoshinari Hayato
  • Yoshitaka Itow
  • Yoshiyuki Fukuda
  • Yuho Kanaya
  • Yuichi Oyama
  • Yuka Kajiyama
  • Yusuke Koshio
  • Yutaka Hatakeyama
  • Zoa Conner

* The Prize recognizes living members of the experiments. We regret that prizes cannot be claimed on behalf of team members who have since passed away. All eligible winners of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics must claim their prize by October 1, 2016. Claims made after that date will not be accepted.