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Experiment Support Facilities

| Technical Support Section |
| Cryogenic Research Sub-Center |
| RI Experiment Facility |
| Advanced Research Laboratory |

Technical Support Section(Building 16)

Technical Support Section(Building 16)In July 1996, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences combined all technical staff from different areas into a new organization headed by the Vice-Dean, the 'Technical Support Section'. The main tasks of the technical staff include:

  1. Assisting experiments conducted by students in the Junior and Senior Divisions
  2. Maintaining and managing audio-visual materials and apparatus
  3. Practical management of the Komaba Museum and publishing the 'Art Museum News' once a year as a research report
  4. Supplying cryogens such as liquid helium and maintaining the facilities.
  5. Maintaining and managing the safety of facilities that use Radioactive Isotopes (RI)
  6. Maintaining machinery of experimental apparatus and giving health and safety training
  7. Managing medical waste and waste fluid from experiments
  8. Maintenance management of computers in building such as Building 18

Thus, the staff support the educational and research activities of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. From 2005, the Technical Support Section has also been hosting the 'Komaba Campus Technical Presentation' and published reports with the Institute of Industrial Science.

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Cryogenic Research Sub-Center (Building 16)

Cryogenic Research Sub-Center (Building 16)The Cryogenic Research Sub-Center is an organization that provides a stable supply of cryogens (liquid nitrogen and liquid helium), essential for scientific experiments, to the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Center holds helium liquefiers (TCF20), helium gas collecting system (such as helium gas collection lines, collection compressors, and long curdles), and CE (5000L and 15000L size liquid helium storage tanks). As these facilities are Class I production facilities based on the High Pressure Gas Safety law, their management must be done according to the law. Both technical staff and faculty members therefore work together closely to manage the facilities and provide safety training. Technical staff members may also sometimes take part in academic research. Such a well-equipped cryogenic supply facility helps support the cutting-edge scientific research at the Komaba campus.



RI Experiment Facility (Building 15)

RI Experiment Facility (Building 15)The RI Experiment Facility moved from Building 3 to Building 15 in 1989. This facility is responsible for the management of radioactive isotopes (RI) used for experiments, as well as any related measuring apparatus. The facility is mainly used by laboratories in the Departments of Biology, Life Sciences, or Sports Sciences that use non-sealed RI, as well as the Departments of Physics and Chemistry that use sealed RI. The facility aims to optimise ease of use by holding periodic RI Facility Management Committee meetings, in which operating reports are also made. The facility also holds joint-use devices such as the Bioimaging Analyzer for analyzing X-ray images as well as a Liquid Scintillation Counter.



Advanced Research Laboratory

Advanced Research LaboratoryThe Advanced Research Laboratory was founded in July 2002 for the promotion of advanced research at the Komaba Campus, and is a four-storey building with a total area of 2000m2. The building is managed by the Project Space Management Committee of the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Sciences, under the College of Arts and Sciences Project Committee. Space in this laboratory may be requested for large-scale research funded by external competitive grants. As of 2011, there are over 10 project research groups from physics to biology (including the Research Center for Complex Systems Biology). Space on the first to third floors are reserved for project research groups, while the fourth floor is managed by the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Sciences as separate seminar rooms.


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