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Photo: G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Clinical and radiobiological studies for tumor therapy with heavy ions began at GSI over 20 years ago. Today the objective of such research at GSI and FAIR is to continue improving this successful therapy and to use it in increasingly customized ways in medical applications. One of the researchers with this objective is Dr. Olga Sokol, a scientist in the Biophysics Department at GSI. One of the focuses of her research is the use of oxygen ions in tumor treatment.



Photo: G. Otto, GSI
In the framework of a visiting tour through the Federal State of Hesse the crew of the frigate “Hessen” under command of frigate captain Olliver Pfennig visited the campus of FAIR and GSI. The group was welcomed by Jörg Blauroch, Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI. Subsequently, the participants received an overview of the accelerators and experiments, the scientific highlights and the construction of the international FAIR facility in an introductory talk.



Photo: GSI
In the 17th issue of our magazine "target" we report our close cooperation with the European Space Agency ESA. Furthermore, a lot of progress has been accomplished in the construction of FAIR. At our research facilities liquid water at spectacularly low temperatures could be measured. Several experiments used our laser system PHELIX, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. And also scientists have made another step to realize a nuclear clock.



Photo: IMP, Lanzhou
Dr. Takehiko Saito has been invited to serve as a guest professor at the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP) in Lanzhou, China for a period of three years. In a ceremony at the IMP, the GSI scientist was presented with a certificate identifying him as a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Modern Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS).



Photo: G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum
It's a success story with 20 years of tradition: On Saturday, December 8, more than 210 high school students from all over the state of Hesse had the opportunity to gain an insight into current physical research at FAIR and GSI. During tours of the research facilities, the participants explored the accelerators and experiments on the GSI and FAIR campus. They also learned about the construction of the international accelerator facility FAIR and had the opportunity to take a closer look at the...



Photo: G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
In 2019 the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung celebrates its 50th birthday. On 17 december 1969, the former Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung was founded. In the anniversary year several activities are planned. For the kick-off into the anniversary we offer the photo calendar “50 years GSI”. We send one calendar for free to the first 500 people who send us their address by email.



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...



Picture: Hagen Schmidt / Andrew Ceballos
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...