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: G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum
Professor David Hinde, Director of the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra (Australia), recently received the Helmholtz International Fellow Award. The prize, of EUR 20.000, also enables the award winner to undertake research at a Helmholtz center. Hinde, a leading expert in the field of nucleus-nucleus collisions, is using this award to strengthen cooperation with the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM). Quite recently he made another research visit to Darmstadt and Mainz.

Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Today the Minister of Science Konrad Wolf, the president of the Helmholtz Association Otmar Wiestler, the vice president for research of the Johannes Gutenberg University Wolfgang Hofmeister and the Scientific Director of GSI Karlheinz Langanke visited the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM) and the research building "Structure, Symmetry and Stability of Matter and Antimatter" which are located on the university's campus close to the institutes for nuclear physics, physics and nuclear chemistry.

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...