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Image: Marcel Menke/LMU
A research team led by physicists at LMU Munich reports a significant advance in laser-driven particle acceleration. Using tiny plastic beads as targets, they have produced proton bunches that possess unique features, opening up new opportunities for future studies. The experiments were performed at the PHELIX laser on the campus of GSI und FAIR.



Photo: S. Schmidt
Last year, physicists at TU Darmstadt cast doubt on our current understanding of the interplay between electrons and atomic nuclei, and are now upping the ante by proposing a solution to this so-called “hyperfine puzzle”. New measurements of the magnetic properties of bismuth atomic nuclei are now published in an article in the prestigious “Physical Review Letters” journal. A researcher from the Helmholtz Institute Jena, a branch of GSI, is also involved.



Photo: J. Hosan/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
The use of nanostructured targets enables the PHELIX laser to accelerate considerably more particles to substantially higher energies. The experiment with the high-performance laser was conducted at the GSI/FAIR campus by scientists from GSI and FAIR as well as from Goethe University Frankfurt and the Helmholtz Institute Jena. The innovative nano target was created at GSI's Materials Research department. The results give laser-driven particle acceleration a boost, and also harbor considerable...



Photo: R. Averbeck, GSI
On Thursday, March 15, 2018 the 8th International Masterclass took place at FAIR and GSI. 20 high-school students were invited to become a scientist for a day and analyse data from the ALICE experiment at the LHC accelerator at CERN in Geneva. GSI has had a major part in the construction and the scientific programme of ALICE from the beginning.



FAIR at BSBF2018
Eighteen of the world’s largest research facilities gathered to create Big Science Business Forum to present their offers to European industry. BSBF was a one-stop shop for companies from all over Europe, where Big Science facilities could give them insight into our future investments and purchases in just one location over the course of a few days.



Photo: GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Many of the key components for the future particle accelerator facility FAIR are currently under development or in production. However, production isn't the only decisive step, because the testing of the individual parts' quality is also crucial. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, where FAIR is currently being built, have now concluded a cooperation agreement for the reliable testing of magnets weighing more...



Photo: L. Weitz/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
At the end of February the first of two transformer stations went into operation at the construction site of the future FAIR accelerator facility. It is the first system at FAIR to go into operation. The station provides the energy supply to the existing SIS18 ring accelerator and will also do so for the future SIS100 ring accelerator. The transformer station will supply the SIS18 particle accelerator with electricity as early as the experimentation phase scheduled to take place this summer.



Photo: C. Völker for GSI/FAIR
This year, Dr. Yusuke Tsunoda from the Center for Nuclear Study at the University of Tokyo received the FAIR GENCO Award for young scientists. The award is sponsored by the FAIR-GSI Exotic Nuclei Community (GENCO) and endowed with 1,000 Euro. The bestowal by GENCO president Professor Christoph Scheidenberger and vice-president Professor Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki took place on Thursday, March 1, 2017 in a special colloquium in the framework of the yearly GENCO meeting at FAIR and GSI.



Photo: R. Grisenti
It is a spectacular low temperature: A research team headed by Robert Grisenti from GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung has successfully detected liquid water at a temperature far below the freezing point: -42.6 degrees Celsius. This discovery is the result of development work on experiments for the future accelerator center FAIR, but it could also enable us to make great progress in our understanding of the earth’s climate.