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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Recently, polarimetry has become a promising method in the field of exoplanets, in particular with their detection and characterization. At KIS in the Hotmol group, we investigated how transiting exoplanets might induce some polarimetric effects by breaking the symmetry of the intensity integrated over the stellar disk. More specifically, this study produced models and focused on linear polarization. As these stars are also likely to have stellar spots able to break this symmetry, we took their presence into account in our models.

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The partial solar eclipse could be seen in Freiburg the morning of 20 March 2015 on a clear sky day. Just in time for the first contact of the moon with the Sun, the Sun rose over the Schlossberg in Freiburg so that the images on the right could be taken from the terrace of the Kiepenheuer Institute.

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