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


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GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH operates a unique large-scale accelerator for heavy ions. Researchers from around the world use this facility for experiments that help them make fascinating discoveries in basic research. In addition, they continually develop new and impressive applications.

Copyright: Grigory V. Trubnikov, JINR Dubna
At the end of February 2015 FAIR GmbH and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia, concluded an agreement on the construction of 300 magnets with various constructions, each weighing several tons. The magnets are to be used in the large-scale ring accelerator SIS 100 at FAIR. They are part of the high-tech contributions in kind from Russia for FAIR.

Copyright: G-. Otto, GSI
Every year, the GSI Exotic Nuclei Community (GENCO) recognizes outstanding achievements of young scientists in the field of exotic nuclei and superheavy elements by conferring the ‘GENCO Young Scientist Award’. In 2015, the award was given to the upcoming researchers Kara Marie Lynch of CERN and Christophe Rappold of Justus Liebig University Giessen and the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. The award comes with 500 euros and was presented to the recipients at a special ceremony.

FAIR – Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research

In the next few years the new international accelerator facility FAIR, one of the largest research projects worldwide, will be erected at GSI. At FAIR an unprecedented variety of experiments will be possible. Thereby physicists from all around the world will be able to gain new insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present.
Learn more about FAIR: GSI about FAIR or FAIR web page


Cancer Treatment with Ion Beams

GSI is the birthplace of a new form of cancer treatment. This development was the result of many years of research in conjunction with GSI’s large ion-beam accelerator system. The advantage of this new treatment modality is that the ion beam selectively damages tumor tissues while sparing the surrounding healthy tissues.
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The Creation of New Elements

Chemical elements are produced in stars and stellar explosions. Elements are the building blocks of all materials that surround us – including every atom of our bodies. The universe is also home to a large number of atoms that do not occur on earth. One of the key tasks of the researchers at GSI is to attempt to create previously unknown elements.
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