Leibniz-Institut for Solar Physics (KIS)

The Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS) conducts experimental and theoretical investigations of physical processes on and within the Sun. Its headquarter is in Freiburg, Germany. The KIS operates the German solar telescopes at Teide Observatory on Tenerife (Spain) where most of the scientific observations are performed. KIS offers lectures on astronomy and astrophysics at Freiburg university and trains young scientists.

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Internal gravity waves (IGWs) are buoyancy-driven waves common in the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. IGWs have also been observed in the Sun’s atmosphere and are thought to play an important role in the overall dynamics of the solar atmosphere.

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As from now, the name of the institute is Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS) (Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS). This name change was agreed to highlight the institute’s membership in the Leibniz Association.

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