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Copyright: Christoph Düllmann, JGU Mainz
Atomic clocks are currently our most precise timekeepers. The present record is held by a clock that is accurate to within a single second in 20 billion years. Researchers led by physicist PD Dr. Peter Thirolf and his team at LMU Munich and including scientists and engineers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the Helmholtz Institute Mainz, and the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt have now experimentally identified a long-sought excitation state, a nuclear isomer in...

Photo: Embassy of Mexico
On the occasion of the opening event of the Mexican-German “Nation Years” 2016/2017 hosted by the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and the Federal President Joachim Gauck on 11th April, 2016 in Berlin, the Research and Advanced Studies Center (CINVESTAV) in Mexico City and the FAIR GmbH in Darmstadt have concluded a cooperation agreement. The General Director of CINVESTAV, Dr. José Mustre de León, and the Scientific Director of FAIR, Professor Boris Sharkov, signed the so called memorandum...

Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Delivery of components commences for the centerpiece of the future FAIR facility in Darmstadt, the 1,100-meter-long ring accelerator. The components are being developed and produced all over the world. The first component to be delivered was a bunch compressor, which was manufactured by Aurion Anlagentechnik GmbH in Seligenstadt, Germany, on the basis of advance developments by GSI. GSI will first subject the bunch compressor to extensive acceptance tests. The other eight bunch compressors can...

Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI
As of 1 February 2016, Jörg Blaurock is the first joint Technical Managing Director of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research) and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH) in Darmstadt. Prior to this he has been working in international large-scale plant construction for over 20 years, overseeing full planning, delivery, assembly and commissioning of large technical facilities worldwide. He is now...

Professor Volker Lindenstruth (m.), State Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte (l.) and State Secretary Ingmar Jung (r.) at the inauguration
The building for the new high-performance computing center Green IT Cube at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research has been completed after just one year of construction. The Green IT Cube will be one of the most powerful scientific computing centers in the world. It achieves its high energy and cost efficiency thanks to a special cooling system. The official opening ceremony for the six-storey building was held on 22 January by Dr Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry...

Abbildung: GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
The GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research and the Technische Universität Darmstadt are to continue the strategic partnership they began in 2009 on the international research centre FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research). One of the project’s main priorities is to promote young researchers. Both parties have signed an agreement that runs until 2021.

Photo: Gaby Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
He is supposed to investigate how elements are created in stars: For researching the stellar element synthesis GSI scientist Yuri Litvinov receives two million euro of the European Research Council (ERC). With the „ERC Consolidator Grant“ he will finance a team of six scientists. Together they will perform experiments at the accelerator facility of GSI within the next five years to decode how the building blocks of life are created.

Foto: A. Zschau, GSI Helmholtzzentrum
The Marburg Ion Beam Therapy Center was ceremonially opened on November 11, 2015. Treatment of the first patients at the center had started in October. Heavy ion therapy was developed at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt. The accelerator facility was successfully used for the treatment of tumor patients between 1997 and 2008. A new accelerator facility of this kind is now going into operation in Marburg. It is the second such facility in Germany that is attached to a...

G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
The GLAD (GSI Large Acceptance Dipole) magnet has arrived today at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe). It took one week for the giant 60-ton scientific device to make the 600-kilometer journey from Saclay (near Paris) to GSI in Darmstadt. The superconducting GLAD magnet, which was built at the CEA research center in Saclay, will be used in the R3B experiment at FAIR. With this experiment scientists can investigate the...