Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics
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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

Shining light on the dark universe

Prof. Martin Kunz, Département de physique théorique, Université de Genève Over the last decades, cosmology has turned from a more theoretical, even philosophical enterprise into a data driven area of research, and the parameters describing the cosmological standard model are now mostly being measured to percent accuracy or better. Unfortunately only about 5% of the ingredients in this standard model consist of the usual particles known to us, the rest appears to be composed of a 'dark' kind of matter and an even more mysterious 'dark energy'. more...