Main control room

The accelerator system at GSI consists of 2,500 individual electrically controllable components such as magnets, vacuum pumps and measuring instruments. It would simply not be possible for the engineers at the facility to individually adjust all of these components by hand. That’s why the signals from all of the instruments are brought together in the main control room. All of the systems are controlled from here — in other words, everything from the ion sources, the linear accelerator UNILAC and the ring accelerator SIS to the experimental storage ring (ESR) and the magnets, strippers and electrodes that guide the ion beam to the correct experiment.

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Taming accelerators in the main control room