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Photo: Lars von der Wense, LMU München
Physicists have measured the energy associated with the decay of a metastable state of the thorium-229 nucleus. This is a significant step on the way to a nuclear clock which will be far more precise than the best of today’s atomic timekeepers.

Photo: J. Leroudier/GSI
Many interesting facts about the discovery of chemical elements and the physics at particle accelerators were presented by GSI and FAIR during the event “Tag der Vereine” at the Darmstadtium Science and Congress Center. Numerous visitors came to the GSI stand and took the opportunity to gain insights into current research and the outstanding opportunities at the future FAIR accelerator center, which is currently being built at GSI.

Photo: Benjamin/HD
Professor Silvia Masciocchi, head of the GSI’s research department ALICE, has been elected as Chair of the ALICE Collaboration Board. Her term of office will begin in October and last three years. ALICE is one of the four large-scale experiments at the Large Hadron Collider of the European Research Center CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The experiment is run by the ALICE collaboration, which consists of approximately 2000 members from 175 different institutes in 40 countries.

Photo: G. Otto / GSI
The TIARA Collaboration Council met on the GSI and FAIR campus recently. Representatives of the most important European accelerator laboratories and institutions participated. They came from eleven institutions from eight different countries.

Photo: Björn Lübbe, Wilhelmshavener Zeitung
As part of the International Year of the Periodic Table 2019, the Conference on the Chemistry and Physics of Heavy Elements (TAN) taking place in Wilhelmshaven, Germany from the 25th to the 30th of August, brought together the discoverers of new chemical elements in a unique historical gathering. Researchers from Germany, Russia and Japan, who have added new elements to the periodic table in recent years, met at the international congress.

Photo: ECIL
Highest quality for research is the principle at the future FAIR accelerator center. The sophisticated beam transport, which is guided by the magnetic fields produced by electromagnets weighing several tons, is one of the main contributions to this. To supply them with power, ultra-stable high power converters are needed. These high-tech components come from India and are an important contribution to the FAIR project.

Photo: J. Hosan/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
The research is concerned with the properties of magnetic materials and tailor-made changes to new materials: Two teams of female physicists from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) will receive a total of 2.8 million euros for a period of three years. They are developing new instruments for experiments on particle accelerators. One project will be implemented at the CRYRING ion storage ring at the GSI and FAIR campus in Darmstadt.

Photo: G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Where do the chemical elements come from? What does it look like in the interior of a neutron star? Is it possible to destroy tumors with ion beams? Answers to many exciting questions about particle accelerators and ongoing experiments were given to the visitors who were guests on the GSI and FAIR campus during the campaign days of industrial culture.

Photo: UTMB Galveston
Professor Marco Durante, Head of the GSI Biophysics Research Department, has received the Martin Schneider Memorial Award. With this award, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston honors scientists providing outstanding contributions in radiology or radiotherapy.