International Particle Physics Outreach Group
Participating Institutes

University of Heidelberg - Physikalisches Institut and Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics


University of Heidelberg
Address Heidelberg University

Physikalisches Institut
Im Neuenheimer Feld 226
69120 Heidelberg


Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics
Im Neuenheimer Feld 227
69120 Heidelberg
Phone +49 (6221) 54-8038
e-Mail Monica Dunford
Research & Teaching

The department of Physics and Astronomy at Heidelberg University is one of the largest in Germany. The Kirchhoff Institute for Physics is named after Gustav Robert Kirchhoff, who was a prominent physicist of the 19th century and worked in Heidelberg for 21 years. The Institute is now an internationally recognized leader in classic complex systems, quantum system and fundamental particles and interactions. The Institute of Physics was erected between 1907 and 1912 at the Philosophenweg for Nobel Laureate Philipp Lenard. His successors (among others Walter Bothe, Hans Kopfermann and Otto Haxel) developed the institute into an internationally recognised centre for atomic, nuclear and elementary particle physics. Since 2012 the institute is located next to the Kirchhoff Institute on the university campus Neuenheimer Feld

Both the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics and the Institute of Physics host several experimental groups working on low and high energy particle physics. This research addresses fundamental questions testing the Standard Model of Elementary Particle Physics. In addition, the search for New Physics focuses on the matter and anti-matter asymmetry in our universe, the behavior of matter after the big bang, quantum effects of many body systems and gravitation at small scales.

Studying physics in Heidelberg offers a variety of lectures and lab courses with a broad range of opportunities for specialisation. Advanced undergraduate as well as graduate lectures are also given in English. The Graduate School of Fundamental Physics of the department hosts the Heidelberg Graduate Days twice a year.

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