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At the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research was developed and tested a new method for a future treatment of cardiac arrhythmia. The research was carried by a team of biophysicists from GSI and physicians from Heidelberg University and the Mayo Clinic in the United States. Beams of carbon ions are already used successfully to treat tumors and could represent a non-invasive alternative to the present treatment with cardiac catheters or drugs.



"target" magazine issue 15
In the 15th issue of our "target" magazine we report the arrivial of new magnets for the FAIR ring accelerator as well as other components for FAIR. Also FAIR has been progressing concerning the calls for tender for the construction works, and we have presented the project on the real estate fair Expo Real. In research there has been news about the development of nuclear clocks and the spectroscopy of heavy elements. Our interview covers Janina Krieg's work about topologic isolators in materials research, and in our section "GSI stellt sich vor" we inform you about our long-standing and very successful Summer Student Program.



Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Around 300 nuclear physicists from around the world are meeting in Darmstadt from January 11 to 13 for an international conference of the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC) — an expert committee of the European Science Foundation (ESF). The three-day event — known as a Town Meeting — has been organized by GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. The purpose of the conference is to set the long-term course and lay out the Long Range Plan for the future of European nuclear physics, thus marking a key milestone for the next decade.



Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
In autumn 2016 the technology transfer network of high-energy physics HEPTech of CERN organized an academia-industry matching event on the topic of nanotechnology together with GSI on the FAIR/GSI campus. The 70 participants from eleven countries were for the first time given opportunity to exchange information in talks and discussions about potential collaboration in the application of nanotechnology in high-energy physics.



Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
On January 1, 2017, Professor Paolo Giubellino became the first joint scientific managing director of Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH) and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in Darmstadt. In addition, he has taken over the position of spokesperson of the management of FAIR and GSI. In September, the FAIR Council and the GSI Supervisory Board announced their decision to appoint Giubellino.



Photo: G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Substantial progress has been made in the construction of the CRYRING ion storage ring. During this year, all of the ring’s segments have been installed and aligned, and all of the magnets are now in their final positions and fully wired. An ion beam recently made its first turn — its first complete circuit through the entire ring. The CRYRING is a very successful ion storage ring. It was used in Stockholm for many years, where it enabled research to make considerable progress in nuclear and molecular physics. The ring was transferred to Darmstadt in 2013 as a Swedish non-cash contribution to the FAIR program. The ring has been modernized and adapted to meet FAIR standards here, and was connected to the existing Experimental Storage Ring (ESR) at GSI in a project titled CRYRING@ESR. As a result, the two rings are now integrated in a single facility.



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The path from the scientific idea for the future accelerator centre FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) via the preparations for civil construction up to the realization of one of the most modern research facilities in the world is taking tangible shape. The international shareholders of FAIR as well as the supervisory board of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung have agreed on significant benchmarks for the future project execution plan in their recent meetings in Darmstadt.



Photo: Gaby Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung Gmbh
For the 19th time 260 high school students from all over the state of Hesse had the opportunity to visit FAIR and GSI on December 3, 2016 within 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.



Photo: G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
The centerpiece of the future FAIR accelerator facility will be the 1.1-kilometer-long SIS100 ring accelerator, which will especially stand out because of its intense high-energy ion beams. To use these accelerated beams for experiments, they first have to be extracted from the ring accelerator. Darmstadt has just received the first of a series of six-pole magnets that will play a crucial role in the slow extraction process at the SIS100.