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

25. January 2019 17:00   Bell's theorem, entanglement, quantum teleportation and all that

Prof. Anthony Leggett, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, One of the most surprising aspects of quantum mechanics is that under certain circumstances it does not allow individual physical systems, even when isolated, to possess properties in their own right. This feature, first clearly appreciated by John Bell in 1964, has in the last three decades been tested experimentally and found (in most people's opinion) to be spectacularly confirmed. more...

Aktuelle Mitteilungen

Center for Quantum Dynamics Colloquium, Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5 p.m.

"On the use and abuse of *thermodynamic* entropy"
Prof. Dr. Peter Hänggi 
(Institut für Physik, Universität Augsburg)
Wednesday, 23.01.2019 at 17:00 / 17:30 o'clock
IMPRS-QD Pretalk: Sergei Kobzak, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, "Understanding many-body physics in laser-nucleus reaction"
Kirchhoff-Institut, INF 227 SR 1.403
Entropy is a buzzword that is used by all kinds of communities, covering biologists, economists, social scientists and even writers. One may speculate...

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

Tel.: +49 6221 - 54-9100
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