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G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
At GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, an international team of scientists succeeded in the observation of the chemical element 114, one of the heaviest elements created until now. The production of element 114 is very difficult and requires dedicated particle accelerators. So far, this feat was achieved at only two other research centers, in the USA and Russia. In the experiment at GSI, scientists employed the innovative new setup TASCA (TransActinide Separator and Chemistry...

With new record-shattering energy for proton collisions, the LHC particle accelerator at the European laboratory for particle physics resumed its research program today in Geneva, Switzerland. At 13:31 local time, the heavy ion experiment ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) recorded the first collisions. The GSI Helmholz Centre für Schwerionenforschung is a significant contributor to the construction as well as the scientific program of ALICE.

G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
With the appointment of Dr. Hartmut Eickhoff as Technical Director in mid-February the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research has a third managing director for the first time. With this strengthening of the management the GSI Helmholtz Centre is prepared for the implementation of the international accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research). Professor Dr. Horst Stöcker as Scientific Director and CEO as well as Christiane Neumann as Administrative Director remain in...

The heaviest recognized chemical element with the atomic number 112 was discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and – since February 19, 2010 – officially carries the name copernicium and the chemical symbol “Cn”. The name was approved and officially announced today by the international union for chemistry IUPAC*. The name “Copernicium” honors scientist and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543).

G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Besides the 92 elements that occur naturally, scientists were able to create 20 additional chemical elements, six of which were discovered at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt. These new elements were produced artificially with particle accelerators and are all very short-lived: they decay in a matter of a split second. However, scientists predict the existence of even heavier elements with an extreme longevity, leaving them to only decay after years. These elements...

The lecture series „Wissenschaft für Alle“ at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research starts again after pausing for a half-year. The first term will start with the talk „’FAIR’ zwischen Mars und Jupiter – wie der Kleinplanet Nr. 204873 zu seinem Namen kam“ held by Erwin Schwab on February 17, 2010. All talks will be held at the lecture hall of the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Planckstraße 1, 64291 Darmstadt, and will begin at 2 p. m. Admission is free, a registration in...

G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
On February 4, 2010 Dr. Andrea Mairani from the University of Pavia / Italy and Dr. Hiroyuki Nose from the National Institute of Radiological Science Chiba / Japan were honored with the Christoph-Schmelzer-Prize 2009. The prize, endowed with 3000 Euro, was shared between the two scientists for their work in the field of cancer therapy with heavy ions. This award is bestowed annually by the Verein zur Förderung der Tumortherapie mit schweren Ionen e.V. (Association for the promotion of tumor...

The effects of high-energy beam on nano components and human cells will be investigated in detail by scientists in Frankfurt and Darmstadt. One goal of the NanoBiC project is to construct – like craftsmen – functional elements on surfaces e.g. transistors, sensors, quantum dots or memory elements according to a building plan. A further aim is to acquire detailed knowledge of the effects of cosmic rays on human cells which is particularly important for manned space missions. Over the next four...

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
The new ion beam cancer therapy has a much lower risk of late effects than regular radio therapy. Researchers at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung were now able to prove the significantly low probability of late effects with their experiments. Their blood tests on patients with prostate tumors confirmed the prior risk estimation. A high cure rate and minimal late effects are the core advantages of ion beam cancer therapy. Over ten years ago, the first of 440 patients received ion...