Centers & Labs

RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science

Quantum Hadron Physics Laboratory

Chief Scientist: Tetsuo Hatsuda (D.Sci.)
Tetsuo  Hatsuda(D.Sci.)

Atomic nuclei are made of protons and neutrons bound by the exchange of Yukawa's pion and other mesons. Also, protons and neutrons are made of quarks bound by the exchange of gluons. These strong interactions are governed by the non-Abelian gauge theory called the quantum chromodynamics (QCD). On the basis of theoretical and numerical analyses of QCD, we study the interactions between the nucleons, properties of the dense quark matter realized at the center of neutron stars, and properties of the hot quark-gluon plasma realized in the early Universe. Strong correlations common in QCD, graphene and cold fermionic atoms are also studied theoretically.

Main Research Field

Mathematical and physical sciences


  • quarks
  • neutron stars
  • hadrons
  • quark-gluon plasma

Selected Publications

  1. Y. Ikeda, S. Aoki, T. Doi, S. Gongyo, T. Hatsuda, T. Inoue, T. Iritani, N. Ishii, K. Murano, and K. Sasaki:
    "Fate of the Tetraquark Candidate Zc(3900) from Lattice QCD"
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 117, 242001 (2016)
  2. M. Asakawa, T. Hatsuda, E. Itou, M. Kitazawa, and H. Suzuki:
    "Thermodynamics of SU(3) gauge theory from gradient flow on the lattice"
    Phys.Rev. D90, 011501 (2014)
  3. A. Rothkopf, T. Hatsuda and S. Sasaki:
    "Complex Heavy-Quark Potential at Finite Temperature from Lattice QCD"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 162001 (2012)
  4. K. Fukushima and T. Hatsuda:
    "The phase diagram of dense QCD"
    Rept. Prog. Phys. 74, 014001 (2011)
  5. R. S. Hayano and T. Hatsuda:
    "Hadron properties in the nuclear medium"
    Rev. Mod. Phys. 82, 2949 (2010)
  6. K. Maeda, G. Baym, T. Hatsuda:
    "Simulating dense QCD matter with ultracold atomic boson-fermion mixtures"
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 103, 085301 (2009)
  7. N. Ishii, S. Aoki, T. Hatsuda:
    "The Nuclear Force from Lattice QCD"
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 99, 022001 (2007)
  8. T. Hatsuda, M. Tachibana, N. Yamamoto, G. Baym:
    "New critical point induced by the axial anomaly in dense QCD"
    Phys.Rev. Lett. 97, 122001 (2006)
  9. M. Asakawa, T. Hatsuda:
    "J/Ψ and ηc in the deconfined plasma from lattice QCD"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 012001 (2004)
  10. T. Hatsuda and T. Kunihiro:
    "QCD phenomenology based on a chiral effective Lagrangian"
    Phys. Rept. 247, 221 (1994)

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Tetsuo Hatsuda
Chief Scientist

Core Members

Tsukasa Tada
Vice Chief Scientist
Takumi Doi
Senior Research Scientist
Yoshimasa Hidaka
Senior Research Scientist
Pascal Naidon
Senior Research Scientist
Haozhao Liang
Research Scientist
Dang Nguyen Dinh
Nishina Center Research Scientist
Makiko Nio
Nishina Center Research Scientist
Noriaki Ogawa
Special Postdoctoral Researcher
Di-Lun Yang
Foreign Postdoctoral Researcher
Takumi Iritani
Postdoctoral Researcher

Contact information

2-1 Hirosawa,
Wako, Saitama
351-0198, Japan

Email: thatsuda [at]

Recent research results