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: K. Ruppert-Röhsler, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
29 girls visited GSI and FAIR on 28 April 2016 to participate in the Girls’Day. They took advantage of the future career day for girls to discover jobs at a scientific institute that are usually performed by men. In the scientific laboratories and workshops of eleven departments the girls tried soldering, programming and the production of targets.

Photo: Mischa Weipert
In the past weeks a magnet for the future facility FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) was successfully tested in the test setup at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. It is the first of approximately 365 magnets of different designs used to transport the beam to accelerators and experiments in the future FAIR facility. The magnet was manufactured by order of the FAIR GmbH by the Russian D.V.Efremov Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus following specifications and drafts provided by GSI. Until the end of 2018 the Efremov Institute will deliver 50 additional magnets of the same design.

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...