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

24. May 2019 17:00   How Cell Collectives make Decisions

Prof. Dr. Joachim Spatz, MPI for Medical Research, Dept. Cellular Biophysics & University of Heidelberg, Dept. Biophysical Chemistry , Regulating the emergence of leading individuals is a central problem to collectively migrating biological entities. For example, leaders in the mobile animal groups arise through collective decision making of the followers. However, the fundamental control of leader selection remains unclear in the physiologically relevant collective migration of epithelial cells. more...

Aktuelle Mitteilungen

ISOQUANT Seminar, Monday, May 27, 12 s.t., KIP, SR 1.403/404

'Emergent eigenstate solution to quantum dynamics far from equilibrium'
Marcos Rigol, Department of Physics, Penn State University
The quantum dynamics of interacting many-body systems has become a unique venue for the realization of novel states of matter.

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