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.
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.
On March 13 the 5th International Masterclass took place at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. 24 senior class students were called upon to do research like a particle physicist and to analyse data which were recorded in an experiment carried out at the world's highest energy particle accelerator – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva.
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.
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.