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Photo: G. Otto, GSI
In November the regional section Darmstadt of the young German Physical Society (jDPG), which was founded in spring 2018, visited the accelerators and experiments of FAIR and GSI with a group of 23 students of the Technical University of Darmstadt. The guided tour followed the path of the ions starting at the ion sources and moving along linear accelerator, main control room, experimental storage ring, ion traps and the treatment facility for tumor therapy, ending at the FAIR construction site.

Photo: G. Otto/ GSI Helmholtzzentrum
To create a European science cloud, allowing universal access to research data through a single online platform – that is the aim of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative launched by the European Union member states. The EU project ESCAPE has now received a grant. ESCAPE (European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures) aims to address the common Open Science challenges in astronomy and particle physics research domains. FAIR and GSI are...

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Under the direction of the GSI scientist Professor Dr. Oliver Boine-Frankenheim, the accelerator physics group at the TU Darmstadt aims to use computer-aided models to optimize the operation of accelerators at the highest beam intensities, such as in the FAIR facility. In addition, future concepts for particle accelerators will be developed. The Boine-Frankenheim group has now developed a concept for a laser-driven electron accelerator, which is so small that it could be produced on a silicon...

Photo: Igor Lapenko, JINR
Further important steps toward the completion of the unique superconducting magnets for the future accelerator center FAIR have been taken during the visit of a delegation from GSI and FAIR to Dubna, Russia. In order to guide the particles in a precise beam at close to light speed, FAIR requires hundreds of magnets and complete magnet systems, some of them custom-made. These systems also include a series of superconducting quadrupole units for the large ring accelerator SIS100. Russia is...

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This year marks the 20th time that the The Association for the Promotion of Tumor Therapy with Heavy Ions (Verein zur Förderung der Tumortherapie mit schweren Ionen) has honored young scientists with the Christoph Schmelzer Award. The association honored the two best doctoral dissertations and the best master’s thesis of 2018 with prize money of €1,500 for each dissertation and €750 for the master’s thesis.

Photo: Udo Kurilla, GSI
For his doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the Justus Liebig University in Giessen Dr. Mustafa Schmidt has received the Panda PhD Prize 2018. The award was presented by the spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, Klaus Peters from GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, at the most recent Panda Collaboration meeting at GSI.

Photo: G. Otto, GSI
A delegation of 20 high-ranking members of the physics class of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences visited the research facilities of FAIR and GSI last week. Following a welcome by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, the group gained insight into the existing accelerators and experiments and the scientific highlights of GSI as well as the plans and the project progress of the future international accelerator center FAIR in an introductory talk.

Photo: G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Professor Peter Braun-Munzinger, Director of the ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, receives the renowned Stern Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society (DPG). Together with Braun-Munzinger, Professor Johanna Stachel from the University of Heidelberg will also get the award. The two researchers receive the award for their outstanding work on development and further research for the ALICE experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research...

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In November the 6th International Conference on Collective Motion in Nuclei under Extreme Conditions (COMEX) took place in Cape Town in the Republic of South Afrika. It was opened by the South African Minister of Science and Technology Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who took the opportunity to meet with a delegation of representatives of nuclear physics laboratories from all over the world. The meeting was led by Professor Faïҫal Azaiez, the Director of iThemba LABS, which is a South African...