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

13. December 2019 5:00 pm  The discovery of pulsars - a graduate student's tale

Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, In this talk it will be described how pulsars (pulsating radio sources) were accidentally discovered, the main properties of pulsars will be outlined and also some instances described when pulsars were 'nearly' discovered. more...


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
Im Neuenheimer Feld 227
D-69120 Heidelberg

Tel.: +49 6221 - 54-9100
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