Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics
Im Neuenheimer Feld 227
D-69120 Heidelberg

Tel.: +49 6221 - 54-9100
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Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics

The Kirchhoff Institute for Physics (KIP) is named after a prominent physicist of the 19th Century: Gustav Robert Kirchhoff, who worked in Heidelberg for 21 years. His well-known lectures on experimental and theoretical physics attracted many students. Kirchhoff's ground-breaking research was extraordinarily diverse, spanning electrical, magnetic, optical, elastic, hydrodynamic and thermal processes. His laws for electrical circuits are well-known. At the time he was in Heidelberg, in conjunction with Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, he discovered spectral analysis and its application to solar radiation. In this way, Kirchhoff laid the foundation for modern astrophysics, as well as formulating the laws of thermal radiation, which played a key role in the discovery of quantum physics. The KIP aims to continue in this tradition of diverse scientific research and education.

This weeks talk at Physikalisches Kolloquium

The Higgs Boson and the LHC: Adventures in Physics, in Public

Prof Jonathan Butterworth, Department of Physics & Astronomy, UCL London The last few years have been extraordinary for physics at the energy frontier. I will give a personal account of what it was like to be involved in the start-up of the world's biggest experiment. more...


Pressemitteilung in 'Neue Zürcher Zeitung' und 'Spektrum der Wissenschaft' über 'Groundwater dating with Atom Trap Trace Analysi

We report on the realization of Atom Trap Trace Analysis for 39Ar and its first application to dating of groundwater samples. The presented system achieves an atmospheric 39Ar count rate as high as 3.58 ±0.10 atoms/h allowing for the determination of the 39Ar concentration in less than a day.

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