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Photo: CERN
The particle accelerator Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN will end its second running period with a heavy-ion run, colliding lead nuclei (Pb), starting in November. After a subsequent long shutdown, in 2021 the accelerator will resume operation with an increased luminosity. In order to fully benefit from the expected rate of 50,000 Pb-Pb collisions per second, the ALICE experiment is currently upgrading its detectors. The ALICE group at GSI is on the...

Photo: Xinwen Ma
The nuclear physicist Professor Dr. Yuri Litvinov has been awarded the Chinese "Dunhuang Prize". The GSI and FAIR researcher is one of seven laureates to receive the award this year. The awarding ceremony was led by Li Bin, the vice-governor of the Chinese province Gansu.

Photo: G. Scheffler
Following the award for her outstanding internship report by the “Arbeitskreis Schule Wirtschaft Osthessen” in June, Lilly Schönherr was now able to convice the jury on the Hessian state level as well. She won against the competitors from the other regional divisions and received the award for the best internship report in school level “secondary school” in the whole State of Hesse in September 2018 in the Bildungshaus in Bad Nauheim. The award is endowed with a prize money of 100 euro. Lilly...

Photo: I. Peter/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Intense discussions and numerous new contacts — the FAIR construction project’s participation this year in the internationally renowned real estate trade fair Expo Real was once again very successful. The project’s dynamic progress attracted strong interest from professionals and trade fair visitors. Over a period of three days, an extensive presentation of the construction planning and the next steps toward the realization of the unique particle accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for...

Photo: L. Weitz/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Johannes Bentzien (18) from Erfurt won a special prize in the “Jugend forscht” competition for junior scientists: an internship at the research facilities of GSI and FAIR. In September he spent two weeks on the GSI and FAIR campus getting acquainted with a variety of research areas.

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The participants of the “Wixhäuser Grenzgang” this year were guests at GSI and FAIR on their traditional hike along the district borders. During the one hour stopover on the campus the 110 guests got an exciting insight into the current research at GSI and FAIR as well as information about the progress of the FAIR project.

Photo: Ö. Güllülü
The GSI biochemistry professor Gisela Taucher-Scholz has received this year’s Ulrich Hagen Award of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Strahlenforschung (German Society for Biological Radiation Research – GBS). The award presentation ceremony was held as part of the annual GBS congress at the Klinikum Frankfurt on September 17, 2018. The award certificate and a medal were presented by the President of GBS, Professor Michael Hausmann.

Photo: CERN/A. Saba
The building blocks of matter in our universe were formed in the first 10 microseconds of its existence, according to the currently accepted scientific picture. After the Big Bang about 13.7 billion years ago, matter consisted mainly of quarks and gluons, two types of elementary particles whose interactions are governed by quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of strong interaction. In the early universe, these particles moved (nearly) freely in a quark-gluon plasma. Then, in a phase...

Photo: G. Otto/GSI
The course for development and construction of the Collector Ring (CR), an important part of the future FAIR accelerator center, has been completely set. During the visit of a delegation of representatives of the Budker Institute for Nuclear Physics (BINP) to the FAIR and GSI campus, the contract for the remaining part of the CR was signed together with the management of FAIR and GSI. Prior to this, two contracts concerning the responsibility for the CR project realization and the dipole magnets...