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. November 2017 17:00   Symmetriebrechung in biologischen Zellen

Prof. Dr. Frank Jülicher, Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme, Dresden, Lebende Materie ist außerordentlich dynamisch und organisiert sich spontan in komplexen Mustern und in räumlichen Strukturen. Eine fundamentale Frage der Biologie ist es zu verstehen, wie Zellen räumliche Symmetrien brechen. Beispiele zellulärer Symmetriebrechung sind Zellpolarität und Zellchiralität. Solche zellulären Asymmetrien spielen eine wichtige Rolle bei der Entstehung komplexer Organismen. more...

Aktuelle Mitteilungen

Center for Quantum Dynamics Colloquium, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 5 p.m.

"Creating multiparticle entanglement with optical fiber microcavities"
Prof. Jakob Reichel 
(Laboratoire Kastler Brossel de l'E.N.S., UPMC, Institut Universitaire de France )
Wednesday, 22.11.2017 at 17:00 / 17:30 o'clock
Pretalk: Sun Hui, Physikalisches Institut, "Probing the Mott insulator state with the photoassociation collision”
Kirchhoff-Institut, INF 227 SR 1.403
An exciting and fast-growing research field has emerged at the interface of fundamental physics and technology, where the nonclassical features of quantum mechanics are employed to engineer powerful, radically new technologies.

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Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics
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