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

26. April 2019 17:00   Heliophysics: The Science of Beauty and the Beast

Prof. Michael Hesse, Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen, Heliophysics encompasses research of phenomena as diverse as dynamo processes in the solar interior, solar eruptions, the interaction of solar particles and field with the Earth’s magnetic field, and the aurora. These processes and interactions are largely of plasma physical nature. Heliophysics systems range from cold, collisional plasmas, to hot, collisionless, and even relativistic scenarios, the dynamics of many of which are still not or only poorly understood. more...

Aktuelle Mitteilungen

Center for Quantum Dynamics Colloquium, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 5 p.m.

"New perspectives on quantum geometry, superconductivity and Bose-Einstein condensation"
Prof. Päivi Törmä 
(Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
Wednesday, 17.04.2019 at 17:00 / 17:30 o'clock
Pretalk: Moritz Drescher, Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Heidelberg, 'Dynamics of polarons in Bose-Einstein condensates'
Kirchhoff-Institut, INF 227 SR 1.403
Superconductivity, superfluidity and Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) are many-body phenomena where quantum statistics are crucial and the effect of interactions may be intriguing.

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Special CQD Seminar, Thursday, April 25, 11 a.m., KIP, seminar room 2.404

Molecular Optomechanics in the Quantum Regime: Phonon Quantum State Preparation and Readout
Prof. Christophe Galland, EPFL, Lausanne


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

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