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


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GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung 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.

Photo: Wolfgang Geithner/GSI Helmholtzzentrum
The EU will provide a consortium that includes GSI with millions of euros for the training of young scientists. The consortium of national and international institutes, which, besides GSI, includes CERN, Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, is headed by the University of Liverpool/Cockcroft Institute. The consortium members jointly applied for funding for the European Training Network AVA (Accelerators Validating Antimatter physics).

Photo: Stefan Diehl
Dr. Stefan Diehl has received the PANDA PhD Prize 2016 for his doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. The award was presented by the spokesman of the PANDA Collaboration, James Rittman from Forschungszentrum Jülich, at the most recent Collaboration meeting at the Helmholtz Institute in Mainz.

FAIR – the future accelerator facility

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. More...


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. More...