Researcher Information

Shunichi Kamata

Associate Professor

Investigate the interior and history of planets and satellites

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Cosmosciences

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FieldPlanetary Science
KeywordPlanets, Satellites, Interior structure, Thermal evolution, Viscoelastic deformation, Tides

Introduction of Research

My research interest is the interior structure and the evolution of solid planets and satellites.
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Interior structure of icy satellites
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Viscoelastic relaxation simulation of lunar impact basins

Representative Achievements

Interior thermal state of Enceladus inferred from the viscoelastic state of the ice shell, S. Kamata and F. Nimmo, Icarus, 2017, 284, 387–393.
Reorientation and faulting of Pluto due to volatile loading within Sputnik Planitia, J. T. Keane, I. Matsuyama, S. Kamata, and J. K. Steckloff, Nature, 2016, 540, 90–93.
Tidal resonance in icy satellites with subsurface oceans, S. Kamata, I. Matsuyama, and F. Nimmo, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 2015, 120, 1528–1542.
The relative timing of Lunar Magma Ocean solidification and the Late Heavy Bombardment inferred from highly degraded impact basin structures, S. Kamata, S. Sugita, Y. Abe, Y. Ishihara, Y. Harada, T. Morota, N. Namiki, T. Iwata, H. Hanada, H. Araki, K. Matsumoto, E.Tajika, K. Kuramoto, and F. Nimmo, Icarus, 2015, 250, 492–503.

Related industries

Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences, Japan Geoscience Union, American Geophysical Union
Academic degreePh.D.
Academic background2008 B.Sc., Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo
2010 M.Sc., Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo
2010 JSPS Research Fellow (DC1)
2013 Ph.D., Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo
2013 JSPS Research Fellow (PD), Hokkaido University
2013 Research Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz
2015 Assistant Professor, Creative Research Institution, Hokkaido University
2019 Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University
ProjectJUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer)
Hayabusa2 project
Room addressScience Building 8 8-2-07