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

18. June 2021 5:00 pm  Quantum Atom Optics: from Environmental to Quantum Many Body Physics

Prof. Dr. Markus Oberthaler, Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik, Universität Heidelberg, The experimental platform of atoms manipulated by light offers answers to a broad spectrum of open questions. With three explicit and very different examples I will give you glimpse how broad this spectrum is. One fundamental question in oceanography is the time when deep water in the ocean was last in exchange with the atmosphere. The possibility to detect Argon 39 atoms one by one allows the dating of water samples as small as ten liters. A very different question in physics is the generation of spatially separated entanglement in atomic gases. more...

Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics
Im Neuenheimer Feld 227
D-69120 Heidelberg

Tel.: +49 6221 - 54-9100
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