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Foto: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Today employees of the construction companies deployed on site set in place the last of the total of 1,350 drilled piles. These steel-armored piles with a length of up to 60 meters and a diameter of 1.20 meters stabilize the subgrade so that the later buildings at the FAIR facility will only settle to a limited degree and that they will, above all, sit evenly. Thanks to the optimization of the drilled pile technology, the company was able to conclude the work more than six months earlier than...

Foto: Class 5 Photonics
Working in the field of high power lasers for science and industry, a joint spin-off the Helmholtz Institute Jena, a branch of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, and of DESY won the Start-up Challenge prize organised by OptecNet Deutschland e.V. The spin-off company, Class 5 Photonics, is currently in its founding phase and competed against 14 other top-class start-up companies. The competition took place at the Optatec trade fair in Frankfurt. The physicists from Class 5 Photonics...

Foto: M. Bernards, FAIR GmbH
Representatives of the Hesse Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection have now handed over the eleventh and final partial construction permit pursuant to radiation protection regulations for the new particle accelerator FAIR. Thus the procedure has arrived at a final positive overall assessment on the construction of the FAIR facility in terms of safety requirements.

Photo: Christoph Düllmann/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Several atoms of the superheavy element with atomic number 117 have been created and observed by an international collaboration working at the GSI accelerator laboratory in Germany. The measured decay properties match previous data, strengthening the case for official recognition of 117 as a new element. New findings obtained in the present work mark an important step towards the capability to observe still more long-lived superheavy nuclei, as expected to exist on the 'island of stability' of...

Foto: Privat
The current Administrative Director of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Peter Hassenbach, changes to become head of division in the Federal Minstry of Education and research on May 1, 2014.

Foto: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
After one year of construction works the large ring accelerator with a circumference of 216 metres of the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt is in operation again. Today the first scientific experiment has started. The researchers examine the influence of cosmic radiation on manned space flight.

Foto: Gaby Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Elaborate alterations of GSI's large ring accelerator have been concluded after one year of work. Essential novelty is the installation of a new accelerator cavity. The ring accelerator SIS (Schwerionensynchrotron, engl. heavy ion synchrotron) now consists of three instead of two cavities. The remodeling of the SIS accelerator was necessary to fulfill its preconditions to serve as an injector for the future accelerator facility FAIR. In the coming years further construction works are planned....

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.