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The new accelerator facility FAIR is under construction at GSI. Learn more.

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Ion sources

The so-called ion sources are the devices where the ions are generated. Ions are charged atoms. The positively charged ions used at GSI are gained by stripping electrons off the shell of the atom. GSI is able to produce ions of many different kinds of elements, more than any other laboratory in the world. Depending on the element different types of ion sources are used.

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Starting point of the GSI accelerator facility: Ion sources

Informationen of the department "Ion Sources" for scientists/users

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View inside a high voltage cage, where the ion source is located
MUCIS source
Inside the sources, in this case type MUCIS, there are the plasma chambers. This is where the ions are generated.
Foto: J. Hosan/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Foto: G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

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