The solar telescope GREGOR at the Observatorio del Teide. With an aperture of 1.5 meter it is the largest solar telescope in Europe.
Scientific analysis of first GREGOR measurements with GRIS (clockwise from upper left): plasma temperature, magnetic field strength, azimuth and inclination of the magnetic field.

The central mission of the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS) is fundamental astrophysical research in the area of solar physics.  The research of the KIS is divided between the departments of Theoretical Solar Physics and Experimental Solar Physics, the latter which includes the operation of the German solar telescope in the Observatorio del Teide, Teneriffa and the development of new instruments.  The topics and goals of our research are divided into four research concentrations, which encompass both theoretical and experimental activities.  The system of solar magnetism plays a connecting role among these research concentrations.

On the following pages, you will find information about the sun and some of its basic properties.  A brief introduction to the projects of the KIS can be found in the section Research Areas.

If you would like more detailed information about our work, please refer to our Research Plan.