Atomic Scale Electromagnetic Field Analysis Platform

Inquiries regarding suggested research topics and applications for use of equipment are to be sent to the e-mail address below.

We welcome proposals for research topics.
For inquiries regarding proposals, please contact the Platform Secretariat at
atomic-scale[@]rdgml.intra.hitachi.co.jp.

Overview / Message from the Representative

Representative, Atomic Scale Electromagnetic Field Analysis Platform Research and Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
Hiroyuki Shinada

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Management Structure, Equipment, Technology

  • Four of Japan's biggest institutes involved in the field of electron beam holography
    will collaborate to tackle the issues.
  • We will meet the needs of users by taking advantage
    of the characteristics of each of the research centers below.
  • We are open at all times to technological consultation.
    Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Research fields and example applications with great expectations for their usefulness

In situ observation of electric potential distribution in charging/discharging of electrodes / solid-state electrolytes in all-solid-state lithium ion batteries

Observation of magnetic flux distribution in grain boundary of neodymium magnets

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Projects to be Executed

Projects to be Executed / Members Selected for Executing Projects

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Latest News

Events & News

  • September 25 to 27, 2019The Platform Secretariat will present an exhibit on platform operations at the 43rd Annual Conference on MAGNETICS in Japan of the Magnetics Society of Japan on the Yoshida Campus of KYOTO UNIVERSITY.
  • September 4 to 6, 2019The Platform Secretariat will present an introduction to platform operations at JASIS 2019, to be held at the International Conference Center of Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture.
  • June 17 to 19, 2019At the 75th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Microscopy (JSM), to be held at the Nagoya Congress Center, the Platform Secretariat will present an exhibit introducing its platform operations.
  • June 16, 2019Tsukasa Hirayama of the Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC) will offer an invited lecture under the title, “Electric Potential Measurements by Operando Phase-Shifting Electron Holography” at the International Symposium (Japanese-German Seminar) of the JSM. The symposium will convene at JFCC in Nagoya.
  • June 14 to 15, 2019At the International Symposium on Advanced Microscopy and Theoretical Calculations (AMTC-6), convening at WINC AICHI in Nagoya, JFCC’s Kazuo Yamamoto will deliver a lecture entitled, “Direct Evaluation of Functional Devices by Operando Transmission Electron Microscopy.”
  • June 14 and 15, 2019At AMTC-6 at WINC AICHI, Satoshi Anada of JFCC will present a lecture entitled, “Application of a wedge-shaped specimen to accurate potential measurement of a p-n junction by phase-shifting electron holography.”
  • April 18, 2019Members of the Analysis Center of Seoul National University in South Korea observed Kyusyu University’s holographic electron microscope.
  • April 1, 2019Shiro Ichihashi became a member of the Hitachi Center for Exploratory Research (HCER), Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd., in Hatoyama, Saitama Prefecture, as a director in charge of implementation.
  • March 27, 2019The Platform Secretariat provided an introduction to platform operations at the University of Technology Malaysia.
  • February 22 and 23, 2019The Platform Secretariat presented International Workshop of Ultra High-Resolution on Microscopy 2019, a joint symposium with the Ultrahigh-resolution Imaging Division of the Japanese Society of Microscopy, at HCER. At this meeting, Tsukasa Hirayama of JFCC offered the keynote address, Yasukazu Murakami of Kyushu University presented an invited lecture and Yoshitaro Akase of Tohoku University unveiled a poster.
  • January 18, 2019The members of the 190th Committee on Hydrogen Function Analyses in Materials under the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) observed Kyushu University’s holographic electron microscope.
  • February 22 and 23, 2019The Platform Secretariat will hold a joint symposium with the Ultrahigh-resolution Imaging Division of the Japanese Society of Microscopy at the Center for Exploratory Research of the Research and Development Group, Hitachi, Hitachi, Ltd., in Hatoyama, Saitama Prefecture.
  • November 12 and 13, 2018The Platform Secretariat offered an introduction to the principles of electron-beam holography and Lorentz microscopy and recent trends in their applications at the 27th Material Engineering Research Colloquium, presented at the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials at Tohoku University in Sendai. The theme of this colloquy was “Material characteristics and recent trends in microscopy technology.”
  • November 1 to 3, 2018The Platform Secretariat advertised its platform operations at the proceedings of the 61st Symposium of the Japanese Society of Microscopy, at the Toyama International Conference Center in Toyama.
  • September 19 to 21, 2018The Platform Secretariat presented an introduction to its platform operations at the 163rd fall symposium of the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials, held at the Kawauchi Campus of Tohoku University.
  • September 5 to 7, 2018The Platform Secretariat exhibited posters and offered short presentations introducing its operations at the Japan Analytical & Scientific Instruments Show (JASIS) 2018, which convened at the International Exhibition Hall, Makuhari Messe, City of Chiba.
  • August 28, 2018At Kyushu University, the Platform Secretariat engaged in technical discussions of electron-beam holography with researchers from the Poland Academy of Sciences.
  • July 6 to August 6, 2018At “Seeing is Believing: Viewing and Measuring the Microscopic World,” the Platform Secretariat held training sessions on microscope operation and data analysis, with focus on viewing magnetic fields using electron-beam holography.
  • August 1, 2018The Platform Secretariat’s Syohei Ikenoya became an Assistant Member of Hitachi Ltd.’s Center for Exploratory Research.
  • July 23, 2018The Platform Secretariat offered lectures on electron-beam holography and other subjects to students from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, visiting Japan at the invitation of Kyushu University.
  •  2018 Symposium on Advanced Characterization Nanotechnology Platform: The Platform Secretariat offered lectures on its platform operations at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Tokyo Waterfront Annex, Edo Ward, Tokyo.
  • June 5, 2018The Platform Secretariat provided an introduction to electron-beam holography to the Vice President and other visitors to Kyushu University from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
  • June 1, 2018At Kyushu University, the Platform Secretariat engaged in technical discussions of electron-beam holography with visiting researchers from the University of Seoul.
  • May 29 to June 1, 2018At the 74th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Microscopy in Kurume City Plaza, Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, the Platform Secretariat presented an exhibition explaining its platform operations.
  • May 24, 2018The Platform Secretariat delivered a lecture on electron-beam holography for the Nano Advanced Academic and Educational Research Training Program, sponsored by the Institute for Nanoscience Design, Osaka University.
  • March 17 to 21, 2018Japan Institute of Metals and Materials 162nd Spring Conference, 2018: At the Shin-Narashino Campus of the Chiba Institute of Technology, the Platform Secretariat presented an exhibition explaining its platform operations.
  • February 13, 2018July 2,9, 23, 30 and August 6, 2018. Workshops will be held on operating microscopes and analyzing data based on the theme, "Observing electromagnetic fields using electron beam holography" as part of Tohoku University's "Observing and measuring the microscopic world: Seeing is believing."
  • February 2, 2018Vietnam high school students who plan to visit Kyushu University were introduced to electron beam holography equipment.
  • February 1, 2018Our project was introduced during Kyushu University's Energy Week 2018
  • January 1, 2018Mitsuo Ogasawara became a member of the Center for Exploratory Research of Hitachi, Ltd. as an adviser.
  • December 27, 2017A tour was held to study devices in the field of innovative catalysts at JST-CREST.
  • December 25, 2017.Center for Exploratory Research of Hitachi, Ltd. was opened to public to show the experimental facility used for the platform.
  • December 12, 2017Technical consultation event was held at Kyushu University on the analyzing of neodymium magnets.
  • November 6, 2017Professor Yasukazu Murakami gave young people a lecture on the basics of electron microscopes at a seminar on electron microscopy held at Kyushu University.
  • September 8, 2017Wednesday, September 6 - Friday, September 8, 2018. A poster exhibition and short presentations to introduce the project were held at JASIS 2017 at the International Conference Hall of Makuhari Messe. Click here for the details.
  • June 1, 2017A poster exhibition was held at a commercial booth set up at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Microscopy (Tuesday, May 30 - Thursday, June 1, 2017: Sapporo Convention Center), with the aim of promoting our platform project.
  • February 17, 2017The international workshop, Electron Holography Workshop 2017, was held.
  • November 21, 2017Joint holding of a variety of imaging technology workshops  by the Japanese Society of Microscopy.