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

WEIHNACHTSKOLLOQUIUM: Physics, Networks, and the Hidden Geometry of Complex Contagion Phenomena

Prof. Dr. Dirk Brockmann, Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin The global spread of epidemics, rumors, opinions, and innovations are complex, network-driven dynamic processes. I will explain how a combination of physical principles, network theory and a very simple trick can help us understand complex spatiotemporal spreading patterns and how they can be reduced to surprisingly simple, homogeneous wave propagation patterns. more...


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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