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Center for Mesoscopic Sciences, Division of Supersensitive Measurements
Photo-Molecular Science, Photo-Molecular Science I (Concurrent Position)


1983  B.S. The University of Tokyo
1991  Ph.D. The University of Tokyo
1985  Research Associate, Institute for Molecular Science
1990  Research Associate, The University of Tokyo
1993  Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo 
2000  Professor, Institute for Molecular Science
          Professor, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies
2012  Dean, School of Physical Sciences, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (to 2014) 
2016 Deputy Director General, Institute for Molecular Science
2017 Director, Center for Mesoscopic Sciences  


2012 The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) Award for Creative Work
2020 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education,  
        Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (Prize for Science and
        Technology, Research Category)

Main research themes

Exploring Excited States and Chirality of Nanomaterials with Novel Optical Microscopes
kewords Near-Field Optical Microscopy, Plasmons, Chirality
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Selected Publications

  1. H. Okamoto, T. Narushima, Y. Nishiyama, and K. Imura, "Local Optical Responses of Plasmon Resonances Visualised by Near-Field Optical Imaging," Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 6192-6206 (2015).
  2. H. Okamoto, "Local optical activity of nano- to microscale materials and plasmons," J. Mater. Chem. C 7, 14771-14787 (2019)
  3. S. Hashiyada, T. Narushima, and H. Okamoto, “Imaging Chirality of Optical Fields near Achiral Metal nanostructures Excited with Linearly Polarized Light,” ACS Photon. 5, 1486-1492 (2018). 
  4. K. Imura, K. Ueno, H. Misawa, and H. Okamoto, “Anomalous Light Transmission from Plasmonic Capped Nano-Apertures,” Nano Lett. 11, 960-965 (2011).