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Researcher Information

last modified:2017/05/23

Associate Professor SUMITA Ikuro

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Faculty, Affiliation

Faculty of Natural System, Institute of Science and Engineering

College and School Educational Field

Division of Natural Sciences, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology
Division of Environmental Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology
School of Natural System, College of Science and Engineering


 TEL:076-264-6518 FAX:076-264-6545

Academic Background

【Academic background(Doctoral/Master's Degree)】
The University of Tokyo Doctor 199703 Completed
【Academic background(Bachelor's Degree)】
The University of Tokyo 1992
Doctor of Science


Kanazawa University(2001/05/01-)

Year & Month of Birth


Academic Society



Solid earth and planetary physics、Petrology/Mineralogy/Economic geology

Speciality Keywords

Research Themes

Experimental Study of Thermal Convection in a rotating spherical shell

A Study of elastic waves propagating through a solidifying medium



  •  Low-velocity impact cratering experiments in granular slopes Hayashi, K., Sumita, I. Icarus in press
  •  Effect of viscosity on the shaking-induced fluidization in a liquid-immersed granular medium Yasuda, N., and I. Sumita Physical Review E 93 022901 2016
  •  Inner-Core Dynamics Sumita, I, M. I. Bergman Treatise on Geophysics (second edition) 8 297-316 2015
  •  Shaking conditions required for flame structure formation in a water-immersed granular medium Yasuda, N., I. Sumita Progress in Earth and Planetary Science 1 13 2014
  •  Earthquake model experiments in a viscoelastic fluid: A scaling of decreasing magnitudes of earthquakes with depth Namiki, A., Yamaguchi, T.,Sumita, I., Suzuki, T., and S. Ide Journal of Geophysical Research 119 2014

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  •  Low-velocity impact cratering experiments into a wet sand target Takita, H. and Sumita, I Physical Review E 88 022203 2013
  •  A laboratory model for melting erosion of a magma chamber roof and the generation of a rhythmic layering Shibano, Y., Sumita, I., Namiki, A. Journal of Geophysical Research 118 4101-4116 2013
  •  Diffusive magnetic image of upwelling patterns in the core J. Geophys. Res. 2002
  •  Thermal Convection Experiments in a rotating hemispherical shell with heterogeneous boundary heat flux: Implications for the Earth\'s Core JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH 107 10 2002/08
  •  Paleomagnetisim of Archean rocks of Hamersley basin, Western Australia, and the paleointensity in the early Proterozoic Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 128 223-241 2001
  •  Laboratory experiments on high Rayleigh number thermal convection in a rapidly rotating hemispherical shell Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 117 153-170 2000
  •  A laboratory model for convection in Earth's core driven by a thermally heterogeneous mantle SCIENCE 286 1547-1549 1999
  •  Models of the anisotropy of the Earth's inner core J. Phys. Cond. Matter 10 11215-11226 1998
  •  A model for sedimentary compaction of a viscous medium and its application to inner-core growth Sumita, I., S. Yoshida, M. Kumazawa, and Y. Hamano Geophysical Journal International 124 502-524 1996

Conference Presentations

Arts and Fieldwork


Theme to the desired joint research

Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research


Classes (Bachelors)

○Experiments in Fundamental Physics(2017)
○Applied Geophysical Experiments(2017)
○Earth Sciences for Education(2017)
○Computer Geosciences(2017)
○Earth Sciences for Education(2017)
○Structure of the Earth(2017)
○Practical Seminar for Teaching Profession C / Junior High School・High School(2017)
○Geophysical Experiments(2017)
○Earth Sciences for Education(2017)
○Practice in Geology(2017)
○Practice in Geology(2017)
○Earth Sciences for Education(2016)
○Applied Geophysical Experiments(2016)
○Geophysical Experiments(2016)
○Practical Seminar for Teaching Profession C / Junior High School・High School(2016)
○Structure of the Earth(2016)
○Computer Geosciences(2016)
○Earth Sciences for Education(2016)
○Earth Sciences for Education(2016)
○Practice in Geology(2016)
○Experiments in Fundamental Physics(2016)

Classes (Graduate Schools)

○Geodynamics B(2017)
○Geodynamics A(2017)
○Earth and Planetary Dynamics(2017)
○Earth and Planetary Dynamics(2017)
○Earth and Planetary Dynamics(2017)
○Earth and Planetary Dynamics(2017)
○Geodynamics A(2016)
○Geodynamics A(2016)
○Earth and Planetary Dynamics(2016)

International Project

International Students

Lecture themes

Others (Social Activities)

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