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

3. June 2016 17:00   Behind substantial barriers: observing stellar interiors with asteroseismology

Prof. Jrgen Christensen-Dalsgaard , Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, 'Classical' observations of the light from stars provide information about the overall stellar properties, including surface temperature and composition, but say little about their interiors. As noted by Sir Arthur Eddington early in the previous century stellar interiors are inaccessible to direct observation, owing to the high opacity of stellar matter. more...


Special Seminar - Center for Quantum Dynamics, Monday, May 30, 11:15 a.m., KIP, SR 3.402

Probing complex quantum system by using multiple qubits
Michael Streif, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

More and more technological applications utilize quantum systems. All of them need precise measurements of di erent physical observables.

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Zentrum fr Quantendynamik Kolloquium, Mittwoch, den 1.6.2016 um 17 Uhr

"Quantum spin dynamics in molecular nanomagnets"
Prof. Dr. Joris van Slageren (Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart)
Mittwoch, den 01.06.2016 um 17:00 / 17:30 Uhr
Pretalk: Johannes Werner, KIP
Kirchhoff-Institut, INF 227 SR 1.403
Molecular nanomagnets have been proposed as prime quantum bit candidates. Quantum computing promises to enable calculations that will forever remain intractable with conventional computers.

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