Satoshi Kawata’s Profile

About him

Satoshi Kawata received his BSc, Msc, and PhD all in Applied Physics in 1974, 76, and 79, respectively, from Osaka University. After the experience of post-doctral fellow of JSPS, he spent two years in University of California, at Irvine as a Research Associate. He joined Osaka University as a faculty member in 1981 and was promoted to Professor of Applied Physics in 1993, and then became the Distinguished Professor. He has been also the Professor of Departments of Frontier Bioscience and Information Sciences. In 2002 he joined RIKEN as a Chief Scientist as a Head of Nanophotonics Laboratory until his retirement in 2012. He has been also a Team Leader of RIKEN till 2015.

He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Osaka University, an Honorary Scientist of RIKEN, a Chairman and Representative of Nanophoton, Past President of Optica (Formerly OSA) , a Supervisor of Serendip Researh, and a Research Supervisor of CREST “Innovative Light” at JST.

He has served as the President of Optica in 2022, the President of JSAP (Japan Society of Applied Physics) from 2014 to 2016, and the President of Spectroscopical Society of Japan from, 2007 to 2008, and served as number of societies as Directors of Board and Chairs. He is a Fellow of OSA, IOP, SPIE, and JSAP.

He is one of the pioneers in near field optics (the inventor of tip-enhanced near-field microscopy), three-dimensional microscopy (laser CT microscopy, 3D data storage), plasmoics (SPR sensors, plasmon holography, plasmon laser, plasmonic microscopy), two-photon engineering (two-photon polymerization, two-photon isomerization, two-photon photorefraction, two-photon SPP, etc), bio-imaging, and signal recovery.

He has authored/edited more than 30 books and published more than 500 papers with h-index 70, and was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan, Japan IBM Science Award, LVMH da Vinci Excellence, Shimadzu Award, and many others. The “8-micron bull” fabricated with his invented two-photon technology has been awarded in Guinness World Record Book 2004 Edition.

Lecture Information

2024-2-15Winter Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of KoreaSuwon Convention Center・1:50-2:30pmPlenary talk
Micro/Nano Raman imaging using fluctuation
2024-2-13SeminarKorea Advanced Institute of Science and
Disruption and Innovation in Micro/nano Imaging and Fabrication
2023-7-6International Symposium on Micro-Nano Optics and Photonic Devices(微納光学和光子器件国際検討会) White Swan Hotel・8:40-9:10amSelf-learning without reference data for training -25 years with China and 6 years in retirement
2023-6-30SeminarJinan University・3:30-5:00pmScience is about solving problems
2023-6-27LMN World Laser Manufacturing Conference 2023Shenzhen World Exhibition Convention Center・
Optical 3D nano-fabrication: Top-down and bottom-up approaches
2022-12-12Optica Laser CongressBarcelona International Convention Center・8:00amOpening Remarks
2022-12-5Global Environmental Measurement & Monitoring ASIANational University of Singapore Faculty of Law・9:00amWelcome RemarksHybrid
2022-12-2OPTIC 2022National Central University, Zhongli, Taiwan・10:30-11:45amOptics and Cambrian explosionHybrid
2022-11-14Optical Society of Japan Annual Meeting (Optics and Photonics Japan) & Optica Joint SymposiumTochigi Prefecture Cultural Center・TBADid the development of eyes (optics) cause the Cambrian explosion?On-site
2022-11-7JSAP, Kansai ChapterAlumnus Union Bld. of Osaka Univ. Med SchoolsUniversity professor starts a companyHybrid
2022-10-19Physics Society of the Philippines, 40th SPP Physics ConferenceThe Oriental Legazpi, Legazpi City, Albay・TBAFluctuation in nano- and micro-imagingVideo
2022-9-21JSAP Autumn Meeting 2022Kawauchi-Kita Campus, Tohoku University・1:30-2:30pmSelf-learning of optical and spectroscopical dataOn-site
Optica President Lecture
2022-8-21SPIE Optics+PhotonicsSan Diego・TBAExploiting fluctuation for micro/nano imaging and fabricationOn-site
2022-8-7Latin America Optics and Photonics ConferenceRecife Pernambuco, Brazil・6:30pmOptica President’s Welcome RemarksIn-person meeting
CLEO/Pacific Rim2022
Sapporo Convention Center・TBA
Fluctuation for NanophotonicsPlenary
2022-7-31Digital Holography and 3D Imaging Topical MeetingCambridge, UK・5:30pmOptica President’s Welcome RemarksVideo
2022-7-25Applied Industrial OpticsDublin Ireland・9:00am PDTOptica President’s Welcome RemarksVideo
2022-7-25Advanced Photonics CongressNetherlands・8:00amOptica President’s Welcome RemarksVideo
2022-7-12Optical Sensors and Sensing Congress/Imaging and Applied Optics CongressVancouver British Columbia, Canada・7:45am PDTOptica President’s Welcome RemarksVideo
2022-4-24Biophotonics Congress:
Biomedical Optics
Florida・8:00am EST
4/24 9pm JPT
Optica Opresident’s RemarksVideo
2022-2-16JST-CRDS/IRIS joint symposiumOnline・13:30-17:30The Future of Advanced Research Instruments – Toward the Formation of a New Instrument Development EcosystemDiscussion
2022-1-13Institute of Post-LED Photonics, Tokushima UniversityJosanjima Campus, Tokushima University ・15:30-16:30Unsupervised Learning: The Antithesis of Deep Learning



1974 B.Sc in Applied Physics, Osaka university
1976 M.Sc in Applied Physics, Osaka university
1979 Ph.D in Applied Physics, Osaka University


2017- Chairman and Representative, Nanophoton Corporation
2017- Professor Emeritus, Osaka University
2017- Chief Scientist, SERENDIP RESEARCH
2015- Honorary Scientist, RIKEN
2013-2017 Distinguished Professor, Osaka
University Honorary
1993-2017 Professor, Department of Applied
Osaka University
2003-2017 Professor, Graduate School of Frontier
Biosciences, Osaka University
2003-17 Chairman of the Board, Nanophoton
2007-15 Executive Director, Photonics Advanced
Research Center,
Osaka University
2012-15 Team Leader, RIKEN
2002-12 Chief Scientist, RIKEN
2002-04 Professor, Information & Physical Sciences,
Osaka University
2001-04 Director, Frontier Research Center (FRC),
Osaka University
1993-2017 Professor, Department of Applied
Physics, Osaka University

1992 Associate Professor of Applied Physics, Osaka
1981-91 Assistant Professor of Applied Physics,
Osaka University
1979-81 Research Associate of Electrical
Engineering, University of California, Irvine
1979 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Japan Society
for the Promotion of Science

Society Services

2022 President, OPTICA (Formerly OSA)
2021 President-Elect, OSA
2020 Vice President, OSA
2014-15 President, JSAP (Japan Society of Applied
2012-13 Vice-President, JSAP (Japan Society of
Applied Physics)
2012- General Co-Chair, Nano-Science +
Engineering, SPIE
2010-11 General Chair, Annual Meetings, JSAP
2009- 10 OSA Executive Committee, Member, Board
of Directors
2009- 10 OSA Chair of International Council
2007-08 President, Spectroscopical Society of
1999-2001 President, SLM (Society of Laser

Conference Organizer

2014 UK-Japan Photonics and Metamaterials
Workshop, Tokyo
2013 UV Nanophotonics Symposium, Osaka
2012- JSAP-OSA Joint Symposia,JSAP Fall Meeting
2012- SPIE Nano-Science+Engineering, San Diego
2009 FINNISH-JAPANESE Workshop on Functional
2008 FOM2008 (Focus on Microscopy), Awaji Isle
2008 SPIE Plasmonics:Nano-imaging,Nano-
fabrication and Their Applications, San Diego
2005-09 INPS1-3 International Nanophotonics
Synposium Handai, Osaka
2003-06 JSPS Janan-France Micro-nano Photonics,
Awaji Isle
2002 3DM-2002 (Three-dimensional Optical
Memory), Tokyo
2001 4th Japan-Finland Conf on Optical
Engineering, Osaka
2000 FOM2000 (Focus on Microscopy), Shirahama
2000 JSPS-ARC First Joint symposium, Melbourne
1998 NFO-5 (International Conference on Near
Field Optics), Shirahama

Selected Articles

Two-photon Polymerization, Isomerization, Photorefraction
S. Maruo, O. Nakamura, S. Kawata, Opt Lett 1997
A. Toriumi, Hermann, S. Kawata, Opt. Lett 1997
A. Toriumi, Hermann, S. Kawata, Opt. Lett 1997
S. Kawata, Y. Kawata., Chem Review 2000
S. Kawata et. al., Nature 2001

Self-growing Fabrication
S. Shoji, S. Kawata, Appl Phys Lett 1999
S. Shoji, S. Kawata, Appl Phys Lett 2000
N. Takeyasu, et. al., APL Photonics 2016

Photon Pressure
S. Kawata, T. Sugiura, Opt. Lett 1992
S. Kawata, T. Tani, Opt Lett 1996
K. Okamoto, S. Kawata, Phys Rev Lett 1999

Near-field and Tip-enhanced Raman Microscopy
Y. Inouye, S. Kawata, Opt. Lett 1994
H. Furukawa, S. Kawata, Opt Commun 1998
Y. Inouye, et. al., Proc. SPIE 1999
N. Hayazawa, et. al., Opt Commun 2000
T. Ichimura, et. al., Phys. Rev Lett 2004
H. Watanabe, J Phys Chem 2005
S. Kawata, Y. Inouye, P. Verma, Nature Photon 2009
T. Yano, et. al., Nature Photon 2009
S. Kawata, et. al, Chem. Rev 2017

Plasmonic Devices
A. Ono, J. Kato, S. Kawata, Phys Rev Lett 2005
S. Kawata, A. Ono, P. Verma, Nature Photon 2008
M. Ozaki, J. Kato, S. Kawata, Science 2011
J. Ando, et. al, Nano Lett 2011

SPR Sensors
K. Matsubara, S. Kawata, S. Minami, Appl Opt 1988
K. Matsubara, S. Kawata, Opt Lett 1990
H. Kano, S. Kawata, Opt Lett 1996
H. Kano, S. Kawata, J Opt Soc Am-B 1998

Raman Bio-imaging
K. Hamada, et. al., J. Biomed Photon 2008
M. Okada, et. al., PNAS 2012
A. Palonpon, et. al, Nature Protocol 2013
S. Kawata, et. al, Chem. Rev 2017

Image and Signal Recovery
S. Kawata, Y. Ichioka, J Opt Soc Am 1980
S. Kawata, O. Nalcioglu, IEEE trans Med Imaging 1985
K. Sasaki, S. Kawata, S. Minami,JPSA-A 1987
S. Kawata, O. Nakamura, S. Minami, JOSA-A 1987

Awards and Honors

2024 The 7th Optical Engineering Achievement Award (Eiichi Takano Award)
2015 The 30th Kenjiro Sakurai Memorial Prize
2011 Esaki Leona Awars
2008 Society Award, Spectroscopy Society
2007 Medal of Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of
2007 Fellow, JSAP (Japan Society of Applied
2007 Fellow, SPIE
2005 MInister Award, Minister of Education, Science
and Technology, Japan
2004 The Best Paper (Review Article) Award,
Japanese Society of Applied Physics
2003 Shimadzu Award, Shimadzu Foundation
2003 Fellow, OSA (the Optical Society)
2001 Fellow, Institute of Physics
1998 Ichimura Award, the New Technology
Development Foundation, Japan
1997 Science Pour L’Art, Vinci d’Excellence, La
Genese des Formes, Louis Vuitton Moét
1996 Japan IBM Science Award
1989 Annual Society Awards, the Spectroscopy
Society of Japan
1981 Best Optic Paper Awards, Japan Society of
Applied Physics


1995- Regional Representative, Journal of
Microscopy, RMS
2000-09 Editor, Optics Communications, Elsevier
2009- Journal of Biophotonics, Editorial Board
2008- Laser & Photonics Reviews, Editorial Board,
2008- Journal of Biophotonics, Editorial Board,
2012- Nanophotonics, Editorial Board, de Gruyter