50 years GSI

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The new accelerator facility FAIR is under construction at GSI. Learn more.

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GSI and FAIR Timeline: From 1969 until 2019

The GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. During the decades, GSI has developed from a national research institute with worldwide collaborations into an international campus. With the international FAIR accelerator center, in which GSI is the German and also the main shareholder, people from all over the world will carry out cutting-edge research for decades to come. We have compiled the highlights of the GSI history. Join us on a journey through time, click your way through 50 years of GSI, and take a look into the future of FAIR.

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Milestones of GSI History

1969

Foundation of Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH

1970

Participation in the the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Großforschungseinrichtungen (AGF) (now the Helmholtz Association)

1975

First experiments with linear accelerator UNILAC

1981 until 2010

Discovery of six new chemical elements and their official recognization by IUPAC in the Periodic Table of the Elements: Bohrium, Hassium, Meitnerium, Darmstadtium, Roentgenium, Copernicium

1990

Commissioning of the ring accelerator SIS-18 and the storage ring ESR

1997

First patient treatment with carbon ions at GSI therapy facility

2003

Federal Ministry of Education and Research gives green light for the realization of the new accelerator facility FAIR with international participation

2007

FAIR Start Event – official start of the project, FAIR partner countries sign joint communiqué

2008

Commissioning of the PHELIX laser system

2008

Renaming into GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research)

2009

Opening of the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT)

2010

Foundation of FAIR GmbH, GSI holds a share of 75 percent

2017

Groundbreaking for FAIR