Where does the world of atomic nuclei end? Scientists went further into the region of unstable elements than ever before. An experimental collaboration at the fragment separator of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung has for the first time detected potassium-31, an isotope with eight neutrons less than the stable potassium atom. An atomic nucleus that remote from stability has never been observed before. The results were published in the journal Physical Review Letters.
A group of scientists, among them several from GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and from Technical University of Darmstadt, succeeded to experimentally determine characteristics of nuclear processes in matter ten million times denser and 25 times hotter than the centre of our Sun. A result of the measurement is that intermediate-mass stars are very likely to explode, and not, as assumed until now, collapse.
With the start of new year there is a change in the management of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH). Ursula Weyrich, the previous Administrative Managing Director, moves to the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg where she takes over as Administrative Director.
The new science attaché of the Indian Embassy in Berlin and new delegate to the FAIR Council, Dr Madhusudan Reddy Nandineni, visited FAIR and GSI to inform himself on the facility’s research activities and the status of the FAIR project. He was welcomed by the Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Professor Paolo Giubellino, and the Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Jörg Blaurock.
Dr. Kristian König has been honored with the FAIR-GSI PhD Award 2019. The annual award is endowed with 1,000 euros by Pfeiffer Vacuum. The award was presented not long ago by Professor Karlheinz Langanke, Research Director of FAIR and GSI, and Daniel Sälzer, Managing Director of Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, in the framework of the GSI-FAIR Colloquium.
Recently, Professor Myeun Kwon, Director of the accelerator center RAON (Rare isotope Accelerator complex for ON-line experiments) in Daejeon, South-Korea, visited the facilities of GSI and FAIR with a delegation. With RAON, a large-scale research facility for nuclear physics with heavy ion beams is being built in Korea. Accordingly, the guests were particularly interested in an exchange of experiences on questions of organization and technical implementation of FAIR.
After two weeks of lectures and experiments at the European Space Agency in Darmstadt and at FAIR and GSI, the 1st ESA-FAIR Summer School was closed on October 1, 2019, with an award ceremony. 18 students from 8 different countries submitted experiment proposals in different fields of space radiation research. The proposals were evaluated by an ESA-FAIR panel.
It is an important step: Half of over 100 superconducting dipole magnets required for the large FAIR accelerator ring SIS100 have been successfully tested. The measurement results of the tests carried out in the Series Test Facility (STF) at GSI: The tested magnets have excellent properties throughout which indicates a high production quality. This decisive moment – the testing of the 55th magnet- was honoured with a ceremony on GSI and FAIR campus.
Team GSI has achieved a great success in this year’s city cycling campaign and has reached first place in the team ranking. A total mileage of 35,049 kilometers was covered. A total of 142 employees from GSI, FAIR and externals took part in city cycling as team GSI. The kilometers travelled avoided the emission of 4.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Second and third places were taken by "Merck fährt Rad" (32,057 kilometers) and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (13,190 kilometers).