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 energy from the solar interior is transported by convection to the solar surface. When observing the lowest layer of the solar atmosphere with a high-resolution solar telescope the granular structure of the hot up-flowing gas cells becomes recognizable. Recently, scientists from the Kiepenheuer Institut for Solar Physics have performed unprecedented spectroscopic observations with the Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT) on Tenerife to systematically investigate the large-scale convective motion in the photosphere. The measurement of accurate absolute velocities was enabled by the scientific instrument LARS (Laser Absolute Reference Spectrograph) which employs a state-of-the-art Laser Frequency Comb as a calibration ruler for the solar spectrum.

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