Purpose of Foundation
In the 20th century, space exploration has advanced vigorously with the support of the development of fundamental science and advanced technologies. In the 21th century, the age of the universe was discovered to be about 13.7 billion years, and the exploration of space gained momentum. Meanwhile, it is indicated that our universe is controlled by unknown dark matter, accelerated and expanded by dark energy. The more we explore, the more we find that the universe is full of mysteries. Although there are many research methods for deepening our understanding of the universe, there is no doubt that studying the evolving universe thoroughly with a basic stance is essential. Our research center was established to contribute to the world in the space exploration field by focusing and comprehensively researching "cosmic evolution". Ehime University has already achieved substantial research results known globally in themes such as galaxies, dark matter, large‐scale structures of the cosmos, supermassive black holes at galactic nuclei, and cosmic plasmas. Therefore, we can bring about great developments by further promoting these studies, and organically linking them to develop new studies. For this purpose, we organized our research system into the following three divisions:
- Research Division of Cosmic Large-scale Structure
- Research Division of Black Hole Evolution
- Research Division of Space Plasma Environment
With the foundation of our center, Ehime University is considering organizing a space course, which allows the systematic study of astrophysics in the Faculty of Science. Few universities have this kind of space course in Japan. As a university that teaches astrophysics with the foundation of our center, Ehime University is expected to play a great role not only in Shikoku but also in western Japan. With the foundation of Research Center for Space and Cosmic Evolution, which intends to form a global base of space and cosmic evolution study, we aim to contribute to the development of education and research in Ehime University.