Kokusho, Takuma

Assistant professor, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University *Profile is at the time of the award.

2021Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
An observational study of phosphorous production by supernova toward understanding the origin of life
Phosphorus is one of the essential elements responsible for life. The origin of the element can be traced back to supernova explosions in space, but observational evidence of phosphorus formation is critically lacking, and the mechanism of its formation is not well understood. Furthermore, the ratio of phosphorus in life is four orders of magnitude higher than that in space, and the process of phosphorus enrichment in terrestrial life is completely shrouded in mystery. In this study, I focus on the phosphorus emission lines recently found in supernova remnants. By observing a large number of supernova remnants, I explore the localization of phosphorus in space and to obtain clues to unravel the mystery of the enrichment process that would lead to life on Earth.


Thank you very much for selecting me for this grant. I aim to obtain new knowledge that will lead to the origin of life, and attempt to develop my research into a cross-disciplinary study, aiming to obtain new knowledge that will lead to the origin of life.

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