Researcher Information

KAMATA Shunichi

Associate Professor

Investigate the interior and history of planets and satellites

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Cosmosciences

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.

Interior structure of icy satellites
Viscoelastic relaxation simulation of lunar impact basins

Representative Achievements

Kamata, S., F. Nimmo, Y. Sekine, K. Kuramoto, N. Noguchi, J. Kimura, and A. Tani (2019),
Pluto's ocean is capped and insulated by gas hydrates, Nature Geoscience, 12, 407–410.
Kamata, S. and F. Nimmo (2017),
Interior thermal state of Enceladus inferred from the viscoelastic state of the ice shell, Icarus, 284, 387–393.
Keane, J. T., I. Matsuyama, S. Kamata, and J. K. Steckloff (2016),
Reorientation and faulting of Pluto due to volatile loading within Sputnik Planitia, Nature, 540, 90–93.
Kamata, S., I. Matsuyama, and F. Nimmo (2015),
Tidal resonance in icy satellites with subsurface oceans, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 120, 1528–1542.
Kamata, S., 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 (2015),
The relative timing of Lunar Magma Ocean solidification and the Late Heavy Bombardment inferred from highly degraded impact basin structures, Icarus, 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
ProjectMercury Exploration Mission "BepiColombo"
JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer)
Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2"
Room addressScience Building 8 8-2-07