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Heavy-ion synchrotron SIS18 - exterior view.
An innovative computer model of a human lung is helping scientists simulate, for the first time, how a burst of radiation interacts with the organ on a cell-by-cell level. This research, carried out at the University of Surrey and the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt, could lead to more targeted treatments for cancer and reduce the damage caused by radiotherapy.

End cap: Connection area of the bypass line with the superconducting magnet system.
Recently, groundbreaking progress has been made for the large FAIR ring accelerator SIS 100: A section of the cryogenic part of the SIS100 was built at the STF series test facility on the GSI/FAIR campus and then tested for the first time at the required operating temperature of -269 degrees Celsius. This decisive step, the so-called string test, marks an important final milestone in the construction of large superconducting circular accelerators. It is mainly used to test the interfaces and...

Members of the Committee for Economic Development, Science and Citizen Participation of the City of Darmstadt at the Experimental Storage Ring.
The Committee for Economic Development, Science and Citizen Participation of the City of Darmstadt recently visited the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the FAIR Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research. The Darmstadt politicians learned about current research priorities and the FAIR accelerator center, which is currently under construction.

Island of enhanced stability
Since the turn of the century, six new chemical elements have been discovered and subsequently added to the periodic table of elements, the very icon of chemistry. These new elements have high atomic numbers up to 118 and are significantly heavier than uranium, the element with the highest atomic number (92) found in larger quantities on Earth. This raises questions such as how many more of these superheavy species are waiting to be discovered, where – if at all – is a fundamental limit in the…

Experimental storage ring ESR of GSI/FAIR
Recently, an international research team has successfully carried out a high precision x-ray spectroscopy measurement on helium-like uranium, the simplest and heaviest many-electron atomic system. The obtained results allow, for the first time in this regime, to disentangle and to test separately high-order (two-loop) one-electron and two-electron quantum electrodynamics (QED) effects and set a new important benchmark for QED in the strong field domain. Moreover, the achieved accuracy of 37…

HEPTreprenuers Training School 2023
The HEPTrepreneurs Training School, a three-day workshop focusing on fostering entrepreneurial skills in the field of high-energy physics, recently took place at the GSI/FAIR campus. The overarching theme was “Fundamentals of entrepreneurship – how science can impact society”. The workshop, consisting of lectures and interactive workshop formats, was led by two renowned experts: Ian Tracey, CEO of Anchored In, and Viola Hay, Director of International Programs at Anchored In. The workshop was…

Pioneer of nuclear physics: Gottfried Münzenberg
GSI and FAIR mourn the loss of an outstanding scientist and pioneer of nuclear physics who shaped nuclear physics research at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung for decades. The former GSI division head Professor Dr. Gottfried Münzenberg passed away on January 2, 2024 at the age of 83.

Ceremony for FAIR-GSI PhD Award 2023
Dr. Simon Lauber was honored with the “FAIR-GSI PhD Award 2023” for his outstanding dissertation. Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, and Daniel Sälzer, Managing Director of Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, recently presented the award in a dedicated colloquium. Sponsored by Pfeiffer Vacuum, the annual award is endowed with 1000 euros. Simon Lauber's PhD thesis on “Advanced numerical and experimental beam dynamics investigations for the cw-heavy ion linac HELIAC ...

Review of the year 2023: An eventful year lies behind us. This selection of the many outstanding events of 2023 at GSI/FAIR gives just a small insight into the diversity. From excellent research results and significant progress on the FAIR construction site to events such as the Open House, we look back on a successful and exciting year.