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

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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 Quest for the Neural Code

Prof. Dr. Daniel Durstewitz, Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit, Mannheim, The quintessence of neuronal communication are the action potentials or “spikes”, sharp pulse-like electrical events that neurons send down their axons to evoke postsynaptic potentials in connected cells. All information our brains have about the external world, and all internal mental events, must ultimately be represented in the spatio-temporal patterns of spiking activity. more...


Zentrum für Quantendynamik Kolloquium, Mittwoch, den 4.5.2016 um 17 Uhr

"Dynamics and reactivities of cold and controlled molecules"
Prof. Dr. Jochen Küpper 
(Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), DESY und Department of Physics & The Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI), Universität Hamburg )
Mittwoch, den 04.05.2016 um 17:00 / 17:30 Uhr
 Pretalk: Dr. Alexander Blättermann, MPIK Heidelberg, "Controlling the dipole response of atoms with ultrashort laser pulses"
Kirchhoff-Institut, INF 227 SR 1.403
The structure function relationship is still a largely open area of molecular sciences.

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