Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS)

The Leibniz 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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GREGOR, the largest solar telescope in Europe, which is operated by a German consortium and located on Teide Observatory, Spain, has obtained unprecedented images of the fine-structure of the Sun. Following a major redesign of GREGOR’s optics, carried out by a team of scientists and engineers from the Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), the Sun can be observed at a higher resolution than before from Europe.

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In the last months, the EST Project Office at IAC and the review panel of the EST Science Advisory Group chaired by Rolf Schlichenmaier from KIS has worked on the definition of the EST light distribution system and instrument suite, using the guidelines laid down by the Science Requirement Document.

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