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 Rosetta Mission - Where no Spacecraft has gone before

Dr. Richard Moissl, European Space Agency (ESA) und European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC), Villanueva de la Canada (Madrid), Espana This talk will provide an overview on the Scientific Highlights of the Rosetta Mission. After travelling through the Solar System for nearly 10 years Rosetta arrived at its main target, Comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in August 2014. Following an initial characterization of the Comet, the lander unit Philae touched down on the partly active Nucleus on November 12 of the same year. more...