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Photo: A. Zschau, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschun
Cosmic radiation poses a major threat to the health of astronauts exploring outer space. In order to study in more detail the biological effects of cosmic radiation and find out solutions for effective radiation protection measures in space, the European Space Agency (ESA) and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung have been cooperating on the research project IBER (Investigations into Biological Effects of Radiation) for almost ten years. The project enables groups of researchers to use...

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Dr. Erik Etzelmüller has received the PANDA PhD Prize 2017 for his doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the Justus Liebig University in Gießen. The award was presented by the spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, Klaus Peters from GSI, at the most recent Panda Collaboration meeting at the BINP in Novosibirsk.

Photo: M. Bernards/FAIR GmbH
Three high-performance transformers that will be needed for the future particle accelerator facility FAIR were delivered to the FAIR construction site in Darmstadt. Together with a fourth transformer that was already on site, the approximately eight-meter-long devices will connect FAIR to the regional power grid.

Photo: G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
It has been a few weeks since the first participants of the GET_INvolved programme have arrived at GSI and FAIR. The new initiative is intended to give international students and young scientists a chance to do an internship and/or a training at GSI and FAIR — a special opportunity to get to know the research institute and life in Germany! Read more in the interview with the three participants Anushka Tibrewal, Jayati Vijaywargiya and Mateusz Sewiolo. Information on applications for GET_INvolved...

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The collaboration between GSI and the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP) in Lanzhou, China, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. On this occasion, a commemorative event was held on 4 September 2017 in Beijing, China, followed by a workshop for storage ring physics and accelerator technologies. Speakers at the ceremonial act were the head of the IMP, Professor Guoqing Xiao, as well as the Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Professor Paolo Giubellino.

Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
GSI and FAIR researcher Dr. Yuri Litvinov was awarded with an adjunct (German: außerplanmäßige or APL) professorship at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. Already in 2011 Litvinov had completed his habilitation and was teaching atomic- and – since the last year – also accelerator physics as a so-called Privatdozent. His achievements in teaching and research were honoured by the nomination for an APL professorship. This took place in January 2017, and the evaluation process was now...

Photo: Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
When he was six years old, Pascal was diagnosed with a malignant bone tumor. He received heavy-ion radiation treatment at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum in Darmstadt, where this therapy was developed. And he recovered. Today Pascal is 18 years old, and he’s one of the ambassadors of the traveling exhibition “33 Stories – One State-of-the-art Treatment.” This roadshow, which was organized by the German Association of University Clinics, is currently touring university hospitals all over Germany. It...

Illustration: Greg Stewart / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
In cooperation with colleagues from Germany and the United States, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have managed to demonstrate ‘diamond showers’ forming in the ice giants of our solar system. Using the ultra-strong X-ray laser and other facilities at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in California, they simulated the conditions inside the cosmic giants. For the first time ever, they were able to observe the fission of hydrocarbon and the conversion of...

Photo: Gabi Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
In cooperation with GSI, physicists and engineers from the Helmholtz Institute Mainz and the Goethe University Frankfurt have performed the first successful test of the novel design of crossbar (CH) superconducting RF cavity with beam. This is one of the main milestones for the proposed superconducting continuous wave (cw) linac, which can open up new research opportunities at GSI and FAIR with its a continuous beam of particles. Among other things, this makes the accelerator particularly well...