- Heidelberg University Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
The Faculty of Physics and Astronomy is one of twelve faculties at the
University of Heidelberg. It comprises the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, the Institute of Physics, Theoretical Physics, Environmental Physics and Theoretical Astrophysics. [ [http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/university/welcome/physastro.html Faculty of Physics and Astronomie - University of Heidelberg ] ]
Kirchhoff Institute of Physics
The Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik (Kirchhoff Institute of Physics), built in 2002, is a research institute located in
Heidelberg, Germany. It shares faculty with the physics and astronomy departments at the University of Heidelberg. The institute is named after Gustav Kirchhoff, who collaborated in Heidelberg in 1854 with Robert Bunsenin spectroscopic work.
The scope of its research is broad. Many projects exist, from
low temperature physicsand neuronal information processing to surface physics.
Facilities include (apart from several laboratories) a
cleanroom, an ASIClaboratory, an experimental hall and, as it is also serves undergraduates, there are 2 auditoriums with a capacity of over 300 people, several seminar rooms and a CIP pool. Current director is Prof. Dr. Markus Oberthaler.
Complex Quantum Systemscondensed matter systems at ultra-low temperatures and matter waves.
Particle Physicscalorimetry and trigger processor development for the ATLAS and H1 particle detectors.
* Technical Computer Science [ [http://www.kip.uni-heidelberg.de/?lang=en Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics ] ]
Institute of Physics
[ [http://www.physi.uni-heidelberg.de/?lang=en Physikalisches Institut Heidelberg ] ]
Institute of Theoretical Physics
[ [http://www.thphys.uni-heidelberg.de/home/welcome.e.html Institute for Theoretical Physics ] ]
Institute of Environmental Physics
The Institute of Environmental Physics was founded in
1975. Its current director is Prof. Dr. Ulrich Platt. [ [http://www.iup.uni-heidelberg.de/en/ Institut für Umweltphysik ] ]
Atmosphere and Remote Sensing, Radiative Transfer and Solar Energy Deposition
Terrestrial Systems, Water Flow, Solute Transport and Permafrost
Aquatic Systems, Groundwater and Paleoclimate, and Limnology
Small-Scale Air-Sea Interaction, Image Processing
Atmospheric Aerosols, Aerosols and Climate
Center for Astronomy
The "Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg" (Center for Astronomy of Heidelberg University) was founded in 2005 and is an association of three research institutes: the Astronomical Calculation Institute, the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics and the
Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl(the Heidelberg-Königstuhl State Observatory).
Astronomical Calculations Institute
The Astromomisches Rechen-Institut (Astronomical Calculation Institute) is part of the Center of Astronomy of the
University of Heidelberg. Before it was a research institute for astrometryand stellar dynamicsbelonging to the state of Baden-Württemberg.
It is the most important international institution for astronomical data calculations. The Astronomisches Rechen-Institut is responsible among other things for the Gliese catalog of nearby stars, the fundamental catalog FK5 and FK6 and the annual published
Apparent places, a high precision catalog with pre-calculated positions for over 3 thousand stars for each day.
The ARI [cite web | title = History of the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (German) | publisher = ARI | date = 2005-02-01| url = http://www.ari.uni-heidelberg.de/geschichte/geschichte_kurz.html | accessdate = 2007-01-21] was founded in the year 1700 in Berlin-Dahlem by
Gottfried Kirch. It has its origin from the catalog patent application in this time by Frederick I of Prussia, who introduced a monopoly on publishing star catalogs in Prussia. In 1945 the Institute was moved by the occupying force (Americans) nearer to their headquarters in Heidelberg. Since January 1, 2005 it has been integrated into the Center of Astronomy and as of today is not limited to publishing star catalogs but has a wide research scope.
Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics was founded in
1976. [ [http://www.ita.uni-heidelberg.de/index.shtml?lang=en Center for Astronomy Heidelberg - Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics ] ]
Cosmology, Gravitational lensing and Galaxy groups and clusters
Star formation, interstellar turbulences and development of galactic gas clouds
Planet formation, through gravitation collapse of interstellar molecular gas clouds
Accretion discs, theory of accretion discs, winds and mass loss from discs
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