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The Technical University Darmstadt is awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for the first time; it is also the first one in the state of Hesse. In his role as a Humboldt Professor at TU Darmstadt, Dr. Alexandre Obertelli is set to expand the field of physics of rare isotopes into a world‐leading research location. He will also be involved in the development of the FAIR particle accelerator facility at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, which is currently under...

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The Secretary General of the FDP political party, Nicola Beer, visited the research facilities of FAIR and GSI, where she learned about the research being conducted there as well as about the progress of the FAIR project. She was received by the Scientific Managing Director, Professor Paolo Giubellino, the Administrative Managing Director, Ursula Weyrich, and the Technical Managing Director, Jörg Blaurock.

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Sizes and shapes of nuclei with more than 100 protons were so far experimentally inaccessible. Laser spectroscopy is an established technique in measuring fundamental properties of exotic atoms and their nuclei. For the first time, this technique was now extended to precisely measure the optical excitation of atomic levels in the atomic shell of three isotopes of the heavy element nobelium, which contain 102 protons in their nuclei and do not occur naturally. This was reported by an...

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For her outstanding internship report Lilly Schönherr received an award by the “Arbeitskreis Schule Wirtschaft Osthessen”. Lilly Schönherr studies in the ninth grade of the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule, a secondary school in Rodgau. She completed her two-weeks of company placement in the research department “Atomic Physics” at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. With her award for the second-best internship report in the school level “secondary school” she is also qualified for the next...

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It’s a significant moment for the scientific work at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the future accelerator center FAIR. Following a two-year break during which it underwent extensive modernization, the existing accelerator facility has been restarted very successfully and will soon be supplying researchers from around the world with a large variety of high-quality ion beams. This will mark the beginning of the experiment period scheduled for 2018, which also coincides with the...

ATHENA (“Accelerator Technology HElmholtz iNfrAstructure”) is a new research and development platform focusing on accelerator technologies and drawing on the resources of all six Helmholtz accelerator institutions (GSI with its branch, the Helmholtz Institute of Jena, as well as DESY, Jülich Research Centre, Helmholtz Centre Berlin, Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf HZDR and KIT). The Helmholtz Association has now decided to fund ATHENA as a strategic development project with almost 30 million...

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On June 11 and 14 the first event in the context of Netzwerk Teilchenwelt took place at GSI and FAIR. About 20 high school students of Schuldorf Bergstraße got to know the basics of heavy ion and particle physics in a teaching unit and afterwards did a one-day trip to GSI and FAIR. There they visited the research facility and analyzed real experiment data. The membership of GSI in Netzwerk Teilchenwelt opens up new options in promotion of young researchers.

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In collaboration with the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, physicists and engineers of the Helmholtz Institute Mainz and Goethe University Frankfurt have conducted successful tests for a new type of accelerator structure: a new design for a superconducting CH-cavity (crossbar H-mode cavity) has now been tested with an ion beam from the GSI High Charge State Injector.

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The theoretical physicist Hannah Petersen has been awarded the Zimanyi Medal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The award is in honor of her work on relativistic heavy ion collisions. This young researcher has been the leader of a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung since 2012 and is a professor teaching at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Her studies are important for the work on the future accelerator center FAIR, which is currently being...