For the first time, astronomers have identified a chemical element that was freshly formed by the merging of two neutron stars. The underlying mechanism, called the r-process – also known as rapid neutron capture – is considered to be the origin of large quantities of elements heavier than iron. This discovery sheds new light on the mystery of the environments in which this r-process takes place.
The status and next steps towards the realization of the CBM experiment – one of the four major research pillars of the future accelerator center FAIR – were the focus of the latest CBM collaboration meeting in India. The meeting with about 100 participants recently took place at the new campus of the Indian FAIR shareholder, the Bose-Institute in Kolkata.
How was the periodic table created and do we already know all the elements that exist in the universe? An animated film by GSI and FAIR summarizes the history of the discovery of the elements: from the Ancient World to the creation of new elements at particle accelerator facilities such as GSI and FAIR. The year 2019 is proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Year of the Periodic Table, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
The current construction planning and the next steps towards the realization of the mega construction project FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) were the focus of this year's trade fair presentation at Expo Real in Munich. The result of the participation in the internationally renowned real estate trade fair was again very positive.
Recently, Professor Myeun Kwon, Director of the accelerator center RAON (Rare isotope Accelerator complex for ON-line experiments) in Daejeon, South-Korea, visited the facilities of GSI and FAIR with a delegation. With RAON, a large-scale research facility for nuclear physics with heavy ion beams is being built in Korea. Accordingly, the guests were particularly interested in an exchange of experiences on questions of organization and technical implementation of FAIR.
Members of the "Renew Europe" parliamentary group, the third largest political group within the European Parliament, as well as their staff and consultants were guests at GSI and FAIR. They were informed about current research, infrastructures and the future accelerator center FAIR, which is currently under construction at GSI. The international guests were welcomed by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, and Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI...
Cutting-edge technologies, international science and a mega construction project - with a large number of highly qualified jobs in this field, GSI and FAIR are an important job generator. Recently GSI/FAIR presented numerous new job offers at the "Darmstadtium" congress center in Darmstadt at the "VDI Nachrichten Recruiting Tag", a career fair of the Association of German Engineers.
After two weeks of lectures and experiments at the European Space Agency in Darmstadt and at FAIR and GSI, the 1st ESA-FAIR Summer School was closed on October 1, 2019, with an award ceremony. 18 students from 8 different countries submitted experiment proposals in different fields of space radiation research. The proposals were evaluated by an ESA-FAIR panel.
Our FAIR-GSI favourite pictures are chosen! Around 500 people took part and voted for their favorites out of 50 photos. The then photos with the most votes are compiled on our favourite picture website. We will also present these pictures in an exhibition on the GSI and FAIR campus in the KBW foyer at the end of the year.