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Image: NASA and ESA. Acknowledgment: N. Tanvir (U. Leicester), A. Levan (U. Warwick), and A. Fruchter and O. Fox (STScI)
Do some of the heaviest elements in our universe come from the collision of neutron stars? The answer may be gained from how the luminosity of such an event evolves over several weeks. A group of scientists from GSI and FAIR, TU Darmstadt, the National Academy of Sciences of Taiwan and Columbia University, USA, recently published the respective results in the journal Physical Review Letters.



Picture: J. Leroudier for the IChO
In the International Year of the Periodic System, 20 school students who are enthusiastic about the exciting world of chemistry visited the FAIR and GSI facilities. These are the participants of the Chemistry Olympiad from Hesse and Thuringia with their tutors.



Picture: C. Breu, L. Rezzolla
The option to measure the gravitational waves of two merging neutron stars has offered the chance to answer some of the fundamental questions about the structure of matter. At the extremely high temperatures and densities in the merger scientists conjecture a phase-transition where neutrons dissolve into their constituents: quarks and gluons. In the current issue of Physical Review Letters, two international research groups report on their calculations of what the signature of such a phase...



Photo: M. Bernards / FAIR
17 Greek high school students profoundly interested in science from the Senior High School (Lyceum) of Gazi, Heraklion, Crete, visited GSI and FAIR. Since 2016, these students call themselves the CURIEosity Team and aim to promote science within their schoolmates’ community.



Photo: JAEA
An international group of researchers including participants from GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt and its two branches, the Helmholtz Institutes Mainz and Jena, have determined the first ionization potentials of the artificially created elements fermium, mendelevium, nobelium, and lawrencium. The data unambiguously show that the actinide series ends with lawrencium. The results have been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).



Photo: L. Weitz / GSI Helmholtzzentrum
"Megaproject aktuell - Realisierung des internationalen Teilchenbeschleunigerzentrums FAIR in Deutschland" was the topic of a parliamentary breakfast in Berlin at 16. January 2019, to which the management of FAIR and GSI had invited in cooperation with Dr. Astrid Mannes, member of the Bundestag of Darmstadt. Numerous members of the Bundestag, employees of the parliamentary offices and speakers from all parliamentary groups accepted the invitation to the event.



Photo: G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum
The magistrate of the city of Darmstadt was a guest of FAIR and GSI. First there was an information program about the current development of the accelerator facility FAIR, before the magistrate held its working session on site. The guests were welcomed by Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, FAIR Site Manager Harald Hagelskamp and Ingo Peter, Head of Public Relations.



Photo: G. Otto
A Korean delegation consisting of representatives from the government and from science institutions visited the FAIR and GSI facilities recently. Following an introductory talk about the research and the construction of the international FAIR facility, the group had the opportunity for in-depth discussions with Research Director Professor Karlheinz Langanke and with Professor Marco Durante, Head of the Biophysics research department.



Photo: G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Clinical and radiobiological studies for tumor therapy with heavy ions began at GSI over 20 years ago. Today the objective of such research at GSI and FAIR is to continue improving this successful therapy and to use it in increasingly customized ways in medical applications. One of the researchers with this objective is Dr. Olga Sokol, a scientist in the Biophysics Department at GSI. One of the focuses of her research is the use of oxygen ions in tumor treatment.