Shinichiro Kado, associate professor in the institute of advanced energies(IAE), Kyoto University, was born in Imari city in Kyushu island. After finishing his Ph-D work in the Kyushu University, he started his carrier as a "fusion plasma spectroscopist". During 1997-1999 at National Institute for Fusion Science, he developed the charge-exchange recombination spectroscopy system for CHS and LHD heliotron-type devices. During 2000 - 2013 at the University of Tokyo, he conducted the experimental study of the atomic and molecular processes being particularly relevant to the heat-flux mitigation in fusion edge/divertor plasmas by making use of the MAP (material and plasma)-II linear divertor simulator. His group has made a remarkable success in measuring the electron temperature as low as 0.06 eV (~700 K) in the helium recombining plasmas using the laser Thomson scattering method. After moving to Kyoto University in 2013, he has been measuring spectra of the impurity ions in vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) region, and those of atomic/ionic helium in the visible region in Heliotron J device.
Also, he is a developer of a plasma turbulent diagnostic system, called the beam emission spectroscopy (BES), which is the first in helical devices (in CHS), the first to apply grating spectrometer to BES diagnostics (in LHD), and the first to apply BES to the three-dimensional configuration (in Heliotron J)
He has devoted in part to science education about plasma, light, fusion energy etc. for high school students.