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Foto: Gaby Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
An international team of researchers presents fresh evidence that confirms the existence of the superheavy chemical element 115. The experiment was conducted at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, an accelerator laboratory located in Darmstadt, Germany. Under the lead of physicists from Lund University, Sweden, the group, which included researchers from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM), was able to present a way to directly...



Photo: Robert Hoischen / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
The first dosimeters called DORIS are released. The radiation analyzers developped by GSI employee Georg Fehrenbacher and his colleagues can measure a larger energy range than commercially available dosimeters. The story is an example for successful technology transfer from fundamental research into industry and economy.



Photo: Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts
On 10 June Horst Stöcker, scientific director of GSI, was awarded the Hessian Order of Merit. Minister of state Eva Kühne-Hörmann presented the commendation and honored Stöcker’s achievements for GSI, the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.



Professor Marco Durante, head of the GSI biophysics, receives the 2013 IBA Prize for Applied Nuclear Science and Nuclear Methods in Medicine tomorrow. The prize is endowed with 5.000 Euro and is awarded by the European Physical Society (EPS). It is sponsored by the IBA Group.



Image: GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung/Los Alamos National Laboratory
Is it possible to diagnose a tumour and treat it at the same time? This idea might become reality in the near future. In a joint experiment of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and the Technical University in Darmstadt (TUD) with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), USA, researchers showed in December 2012 that beams of fast protons could do the trick. Scientists call the combination of therapy and diagnosis "theranostics".



Foto: Gaby Otto, GSI
Representatives of UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) now signed an official agreement for the UK to become an associate partner of the Fa-cility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR), a new 1.6 bn EUR particle accelerator facility which is currently being built in Darmstadt, Germany. Once the facility is completed in 2018, scientists from more than 50 countries worldwide will use FAIR to investigate the evolution of the universe and gain insight into the building...



Foto: G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
From the Manne-Siegbahn-Laboratory in Stockholm the first storage ring has been delivered to the future FAIR accelerator facility. The so called CRYRING has a diameter of 18 meters and will at first be assembled in cooperation with GSI at the existing GSI facility to conduct experiments and machine tests. In the long run it is planned to use it for research in atomic physics with slow antiprotons at FAIR. CRYRING is an in-kind contribution of Sweden to the FAIR facility, that is built in...



Foto: GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Professor Hans Geissel has set a new world record at GSI by discovering 272 nuclides—specific types of atomic nuclei. He overtook his colleague Professor Gottfried Münzenberg in the world rankings with the production of 59 new nuclides. Münzenberg, who also conducted research at GSI before his retirement in 2005, previously held the world record with 219 nuclides discovered. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California (USA) is the leading laboratory in the statistics, with...



Foto: G.Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
The 100,000th guest has visited the accelerator facility and the experimental sites at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung as well as the developments and the construction site of the future facility FAIR in Darmstadt. Already since 1977, shortly after the commissioning of the first research facilites, GSI offers guided tours free of charge. The tours aim at the non-scientific public. School classes, associations, companies and a variety of other groups take the opportunity to learn...