Leibniz-Institut 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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Solar spectral lines have different shapes, strengths, asymmetries and wavelength shifts. These differences depend on the chemical element, and on the corresponding excitation state.

At the Vacuum-Tower-Telescope on Tenerife we conducted systematic observations of a number of spectral lines in the visible part of the solar spectrum, and measured the center-to-limb variation of the parameters mentioned above. To allow for a comparison of all the measurements, we used the Laser Absolute Reference Spektrograph.

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As from now, the name of the institute is Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS) (Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS). This name change was agreed to highlight the institute’s membership in the Leibniz Association.

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