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 String Theory Landscape and Models of Cosmological Inflation

Prof. Dr. Arthur Hebecker, Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Heidelberg The talk will start by motivating string theory as a theory of quantum gravity. Then the resulting 10-dimensional effective field theory and its compactification to 4 space-time dimensions will be discussed. It turns out that this leads to a very large number of possibilities - the "string theory landscape". more...


Special QCD colloquium on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 5 p.m.: 'Beyond the Parity and Bloch Theorem: A Systematic Pathway to the

Peter Schmelcher, Zentrum für Optische Quantentechnologien, Universität Hamburg

'Beyond the Parity and Bloch Theorem: A Systematic Pathway to the Breaking of Discrete Symmetries'

Special Center for Quantum Dynamics Colloquium, 05.11.2014,  5 p.m., Kirchhoff Institut für Physik, INF 227, Seminarraum 1.403/404

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Chemie-Nobelpreis für Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Stefan W. Hell

Für seine bahnbrechenden Arbeiten zur Lichtmikroskopie erhält Prof. Stefan Hell, vom Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen den Nobel-Preis für Chemie 2014. Diplom- und Doktorarbeit machte Stefan Hell am Institut für Angewandte Physik, an der Universität Heidelberg in der Arbeitsgruppe von Prof. Hunklinger. Er promovierte dort 1990 und ist auch heute noch mannigfaltig mit Heidelberg verbunden, als Abteilungsleiter am DKFZ und als Mitglied der Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, sowie des Bioquant. Wir gratulieren ihm sehr herzlich zu diesen tollen Erfolg.

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