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

New control over electrons: from photonics-based particle acceleration to a quantum electron microscope

Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, Transparent materials can withstand optical peak field strengths in excess of 1 GV/m. With the help of transparent nanostructures, this large field strength can be utilized to build new particle accelerators. Much like in their classical RF brethrens, the charged particles interact with the electromagnetic driving field, which is shaped such that efficient particle acceleration takes place. more...


Heidelberger Physiker berichten ...

In vergangenen Jahren gab es eine Reihe von Vorträgen Heidelberger Emeriti, die zum Teil bereits im Druck erschienen sind, und zum Teil noch auf Veröffentlichung warten. Diese Reihe soll im kommenden Wintersemester fortgesetzt werden.

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