Robert Weis

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.

* Prof. Dr. Lavinia Heisenberg, Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Heidelberg,
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I will first discuss how gravity can manifest itself geometrically. Using different
geometrical properties of a spacetime I will formulate General Relativity in different but
equivalent ways. This will allow me to introduce a generalization of gravity with distinct
and interesting implications for cosmology and black hole physics and how we can
test them.
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Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics

Im Neuenheimer Feld 227

**D-69120 Heidelberg**

Tel.: +49 6221 - 54-9100

info@kip.uni-heidelberg.de

How to find us

Im Neuenheimer Feld 227

Tel.: +49 6221 - 54-9100

info@kip.uni-heidelberg.de

How to find us