Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics

Welcome to the web page of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (ITAP) of Kiel University. Theoretical physics in Kiel has a long tradition. Among former members are Max Planck (founder of quantum theory and Nobel laureat), Heinrich Hertz and Albrecht Unsöld. 

Today ITAP has two divisions: Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics. Undergraduate and graduate education covers the full spectrum of this fields. Research at ITAP is focused on extragalactic astrophysics, planet and star formation, plasma physics, many-body theory, nanoscience, spintronics, density functional theory and surface physics. We use state of the art methods including large-scale simulations on supercomputers and observations on large telescopes worldwide.