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.

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For his diploma thesis Denis Nordmann, student at the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, received the first award for outstanding theses of the association for the promotion of foundry and material engineering. The award is bestowed with 1,000 Euro. It was handed over in December 2016 in the context of the Barbara meeting at the TH Mittelhessen in Friedberg by Professor Klaus Behler, the chairman of the association. Nordmann's work was conducted in cooperation with the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung.

Professor Volker Lindenstruth (m.), State Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte (l.) and State Secretary Ingmar Jung (r.) at the inauguration
The building for the new high-performance computing center Green IT Cube at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research has been completed after just one year of construction. The Green IT Cube will be one of the most powerful scientific computing centers in the world. It achieves its high energy and cost efficiency thanks to a special cooling system. The official opening ceremony for the six-storey building was held on 22 January by Dr Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and chair of the GSI supervisory board and the FAIR Council, and Ingmar Jung, State Secretary at the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts. The Green IT Cube will provide enormous computing capacity for experiments at the accelerator facilities of GSI, and, in future, FAIR.

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

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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...