GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH operates a unique large-scale accelerator for heavy ions. Researchers from around the world use this facility for experiments that help them make fascinating discoveries in basic research. In addition, they continually develop new and impressive applications.
The Global Energy Prize 2013 of the Russian Global Prize Non-Profit Partnership goes to scientists Vladimir Fortov. The award is endowed with 33 million roubles (approx. 800 000 Euro) and will be split with second award winner Akira Yoshino from Japan. The awarding ceremony took place in Moscow in April.
Representatives of UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) now signed an official agreement for the UK to become an associate partner of the Fa-cility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR), a new 1.6 bn EUR particle accelerator facility which is currently being built in Darmstadt, Germany. Once the facility is completed in 2018, scientists from more than 50 countries worldwide will use FAIR to investigate the evolution of the universe and gain insight into the building blocks of matter. In addition to providing a centre for basic research, FAIR will also be used to develop new medical therapies and diagnostic proce-dures, as well as energy-efficient, high-performance computers and new materials, for space missions, for example.
FAIR – Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research
In the next few years the new international accelerator facility FAIR, one of the largest research projects worldwide, will be erected at GSI. At FAIR an unprecedented variety of experiments will be possible. Thereby physicists from all around the world will be able to gain new insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present.
Learn more about FAIR: GSI about FAIR or FAIR web page
Cancer Treatment with Ion Beams
GSI is the birthplace of a new form of cancer treatment. This development was the result of many years of research in conjunction with GSI’s large ion-beam accelerator system. The advantage of this new treatment modality is that the ion beam selectively damages tumor tissues while sparing the surrounding healthy tissues.
The Creation of New Elements
Chemical elements are produced in stars and stellar explosions. Elements are the building blocks of all materials that surround us – including every atom of our bodies. The universe is also home to a large number of atoms that do not occur on earth. One of the key tasks of the researchers at GSI is to attempt to create previously unknown elements.