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

15. November 2019 5:00 pm  Exploring volcanic gases with DOAS

Prof. Bo Galle, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg,

In 1999 the presenter had his first encounter with an active volcano, and he made 2 important conclusions:

1. Volcanoes are amazing
2. Here is work to do

He contacted his friend and colleague Prof. Ulrich Platt, and together they launched an EU-project DORSIVA, aiming at Development of Optical Remote Sensing Instruments for Volcanic Applications. The rest is history....



DFG extends HighRR Research Training Group in nuclear and particle physics

After successful evaluation, the “HighRR – High Resolution and High Rate Detectors in Nuclear and Particle Physics” Research Training Group (RTG 2058) at Heidelberg University has been granted funding of approx. 4 million euros by the German Research Foundation for another four and a half years.

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First prize at the 2019 International Collegiate Competition for Brain-inspired Computing (ICCBC 2019)

Our team consisting of Akos F. Kungl, Luziwei Leng and Dominik Dold received the first prize at the 2019 International Collegiate Competition for Brain-inspired Computing (ICCBC 2019). Our project submission titled "Why spikes? Exploring spike-based Bayesian inference for accelerated neuronal substrates" raised the question of computational benefits in spike-based computing, which we answered by presenting a summary of studies highlighting theoretical, practical and neuromorphic applications of spike-based inference.

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Bio-inspired AI on Bloomberg

Leila Hussain and Gloria Kurnik visited our lab in Heidelberg and our colleagues in Jülich a couple of months ago. We had a great time during a couple of intensive days of shooting, which they incorporated into a beautifully crafted episode on Brain Computing of their Moonshot series.

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Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics
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