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

Cold Plasmas - From Space to Medicine

Prof. Dr. Markus Thoma, Physikalisches Institut, Universität Gießen Cold or low temperature discharge plasmas have numerous applications in fundamental research as well as technological applications. Here I want to focus on three aspects of these plasmas more...


Zentrum für Quantendynamik Kolloquium, Mittwoch, den 23.04.2014 um 17 Uhr

Zentrum für Quantendynamik Kolloquium, Mittwoch, den 23.04.2014 um 17 Uhr

"Spin-dependent gauge fields in atomic gases"

Ian B. Spielman (Fellow, Joint Quantum Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland, MD, USA)

Gauge fields are ubiquitous in Physics.  For example, in the context of high energy physics, they are the fundamental carrier of forces; while in condensed matter systems the associated physical fields (electrical and magnetic) are essential in creating and understanding many-body phenomena.  These fields can depend on internal — spin — degrees of freedom, and in material systems these spin-dependent gauge fields are often manifest as spin-orbit coupling (SOC, but more correctly spin-crystal momentum coupling).


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