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.
For the 16th time 230 pupils from all over the state of Hesse had the opportunity to visit GSI and FAIR on November 30, 2013 in the framework of the lecture series "Saturday Morning Physics" of the Technical University Darmstadt. They gained an insight into the current research at GSI and FAIR and explored the GSI accelerators and experiments in guided tours.
The 10th issue of our GSI magazine "target" has been published. In the magazine we cover the production of element 115 at the GSI accelerator facility. In the column "News from the FAIR construction site" we report the status of the building measures for the FAIR facility. And our cryogenics department will explain to you why they are really "cool".
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.