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: Gaby Otto / Ilya Selyuzhenkov
From June 22 to 26 GSI hosted the "ALICE Week" during which about 200 scientists from all over the world discussed recent results from the ALICE experiment, one of the four large experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. GSI has contributed significantly to the construction of the ALICE detectors.

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The energy- and cost-saving high-performance computing center “Green Cube” currently under construction at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung has been presented with a major international award as an innovative data center at the European Congress for Computing Centers and Cloud Computing, “Datacloud 2015”. On Tuesday evening it received one of the main awards, the renowned “Datacloud Enterprise Datacentre Award”, in Monte Carlo. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding technical developments. In the case of the “Green Cube” this is the extremely high processing power for the scientific users coupled with its outstanding energy and cost efficiency.

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...