Dr. Kosuke Nomura


  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Science University of Zagreb (Department of Physics)

Fields of interest:

  • Nuclear structure, nuclear shapes and collective excitations, symmetries and phases in nuclei
  • Structure of N~Z nuclei, double-beta decay
  • Algebraic methods in nuclei, nuclear energy density functional theory, nuclear shell model


  • 10th Young Scientist Award of the Physical Society of Japan (Division of Nuclear Theory, Mar 2016)
  • Springer Theses Prize (Mar 2012)
  • Dean’s Award for best Ph.D. thesis in physics (Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo, Mar 2012)
  • Dean’s Award for best MSc thesis in physics (Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo, Mar 2009)

Five selected publications:

  • Nomura, T. Niksic, D. Vretenar, “Beyond-mean-field boson-fermion model for odd-mass nuclei”, Phys. Rev. C 93, 054305 (2016).
  • Nomura, T. Otsuka, P. Van Isacker, “Shape coexistence in the microscopically guided interacting boson model”, J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 43, 024008 (2016).
  • Nomura, D. Vretenar, T. Niksic, B. –N. Lu, “Microscopic description of octupole shape-phase transitions in light actinide and rare-earth nuclei”, Phys. Rev. C 89, 024312 (2014).
  • Nomura, N. Shimizu, D. Vretenar, T. Niksic, T. Otsuka, “Robust Regularity in γ-Soft Nuclei and its Microscopic Realization”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 132501 (2012).
  • Nomura, N. Shimizu, T. Otsuka, “Mean-Field Derivation of the Interacting Boson Model Hamiltonian and Exotic Nuclei”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 142501 (2008).

The most important grants (as PI)

  • 2013 – 2015 Principal investigator of a research project within the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships – “Microscopic and Algebraic Theory of Nuclei under Extreme Conditions (MATNEC)”
  • 2012 – 2013 Principal investigator of a research project “Unified Description of Nuclear Collective Motion and the Structure of Exotic Nuclei”, Japan Society for Promotion of Science


Kosuke Nomura received his MSc degree in physics from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2009 and defended his PhD thesis at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2012 (supervisor Takaharu Otsuka). In his dissertation, he developed method that allows a systematic and computationally feasible description of nuclear shapes and collective excitations, by combining the nuclear energy density functional theory and algebraic model of interacting boson systems. In the period from 2012-2013 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet zu Koeln, Germany. His research at Cologne was focused on extending his method to describe nuclei with more complex shapes. In particular, the focus was on microscopic descriptions of shape coexistence and octupole deformed (pear-shaped) nuclei. In 2013 he moved to the GANIL (Grand Accélérateur National d’Ions Lourds), France, as a postdoctoral fellow of the Marie-Curie Fellowships from European Union. At that time he has extended his expertise to nuclear shell model. The research within his projects was focused on spin-isospin correlations in nuclei with equal proton Z and neutron N numbers, and neutrino-less double-beta decay. Since 2015 he is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zagreb. His research has been focused on developing new method to describe microscopically the spectroscopy of nuclei with odd number of nucleons, by incorporating nuclear density functional theory in the particle-plus-core coupling scheme. KN authored and co-authored 1 book, more than 20 publications in peer reviewed journals with 450+ citations and 15 publications in conference proceedings, and has given more than 15 invited talks in scientific meetings.