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The KIT Center KCETA comprises at Campus South (formerly University of Karlsruhe)

  • the Institute for Experimental Nuclear Physics (EKP)
  • the Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics (TTP)
  • the Institute for Theoretical Physics (TP)

and at Campus North (formerly Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe)

  • the Institute for Nuclear Physics (IKP)
  • the Institute for Data Processing and Electronics (IPE)

Associated institutions cooperating with KCETA with part of their resources which correspond to the Karlsruhe part of the Helmholtz Programmes Astroparticle Physics and Elementary Particle Physics are

  • the Institute for Technical Physics (ITP)
  • the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)

Budget and personnel of the participating institutes are approximately equal at both campus.

KCETA Organizational Chart (PDF).

Short description of the institutes

The Institute for Experimental Nuclear Physics EKP is one of the biggest institutes for elementary particle physics in Germany. Its activities are concentrated on large international accelerator experiments. Experiments on cosmic rays and on search for antimatter at the International Space Station ISS are also performed.

The Institute for Nuclear Physics IKP is studying fundamental questions of nature at the interface of cosmology, astrophysics and elementary particle physics. The nature and origin of cosmic rays and characteristic properties of neutrinos are investigated in international large-scale experiments.

The Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics TTP is mainly concerned with application of gauge theories on the phenomenology of elementary particles, with precision calculations within the standard model and its extensions, with flavor physics and with computer algebra and perturbative treatment of relativistic quantum field theories.

The Institute for Theoretical Physics TP is specialized on fundamental theoretical studies and predictions for accelerator experiments.

The Institute for Data Processing and Electronics IPE develops complex data acquisition systems for application to very high data rates and high time resolution. Another main focus is production technologies for microelectronic circuitries.

The central working fields of the Institute for Technical Physics ITP are superconductivity and cryotechnology and their applications. New developments in cryo-, vacuum- and superconductivity technology are made up for the neutrino large-scale experiment KATRIN built up at Campus North.

With the integration of the Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe the tasks of ITP are extended to tritium technology in particular for the tritium circuit of the fusion reactor ITER and for the neutrino experiment KATRIN.

The Steinbuch Centre for Computing SCC besides others operates the German GRID-Computer Center for the LHC at Campus North.