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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In order to compensate image blurring caused by turbulence in Earth's atmosphere, present ground-based solar telescopes are equipped with a technology called Adaptive Optics (AO): It uses a single deformable mirror which can change its shape very rapidly to compensate the image blurring in realtime.

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As of April 1, 2017, the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS) is under new leadership. Prof. Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina, who served as the Deputy Director at KIS since 2008, has been appointed by the KIS Foundation Council as new Director of KIS.

Svetlana Berdyugina is Professor for Astrophysics at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany, the first female physics chair in its history as of 1457 AD. Previously she was holding Professorships at the University of Oulu, Finland (2000-2001), and ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2005-2010), and she was a Senior Fellow of the Academy of Finland (2001-2005) and of the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the University of Hawaii, USA (2011-2014). She received her PhD degree in Astrophysics from the St.-Petersburg University, Russia, in 1994.

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