Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics

The Kiepenheuer 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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The outer envelope of the Sun is highly magnetic and vigorously turbulent. We have employed concepts of phenomenological thermodynamics and information-theoretic entropy and discovered new, consistent patterns in evolution of solar magnetic fields.

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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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