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.

Physikalisches Kolloquium

29. July 2016 17:00   Imaging moon caves using indirect light

Dr. Andreas Velten, Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation (LOCI), University of Wisconsin at Madison and Medical Engineering, Morgridge Institute for Research, When passing through a scene light typically undergoes multiple reflections in its path from the light source to the detector. The vast majority of imaging techniques relies exclusively on light that travels a direct path from the object of interest to the detector. Indirect light often makes up a significant part of the collected image information. more...


Mihai Petrovici from the „Electronic Visions Group“ has received the Springer Thesis Award for his outstanding dissertation. The thesis is now available as a printed book. An electronic version can be freely accessed via Springer Link at member institutions.

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Special Seminar - Center for Quantum Dynamics, Monday, July 25, 11:15 a.m., KIP, SR 2.404

Quantum Fisher information as efficient entanglement witness in many-body systems
Dr. Philipp Hauke
, Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Innsbruck

Large-scale entanglement in a quantum many-body system is difficult to quantify experimentally. Here, we discuss scenarios where many-body entanglement becomes accessible via the quantum Fisher information, a known witness for genuinely multipartite entanglement as a resource for quantum-enhanced metrology.

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Zentrum für Quantendynamik Kolloquium, Mittwoch, den 27.7.2016 um 17 Uhr

"Dynamical Gauge Fields and Broken Scale Invariance with Ultracold Atoms"
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Zwerger 
(Physik-Department, Technische Universität München)
Mittwoch, den 27.07.2016 um 17:00 / 17:30 Uhr
Pretalk: Philipp Preiss, KIP, "Quantum thermalisation through entanglement in an isolated many-body system"
Kirchhoff-Institut, INF 227 SR 1.403
I will discuss the close connection between parity order near the superfluid to Mott transition as measured via single-site resolution images of cold atoms in optical lattices and Wilson-Loops in a dynamical gauge theory.

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