FAIR

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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Photo: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU
Physicists from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and the Helmholtz Institute Jena have developed an extremely sensitive electrical current sensor for the particle accelerator facility FAIR (Darmstadt). The sensor—a cryogenic current comparator—has now been handed over to GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and is to go into operation in Darmstadt this year. The measuring system, the predecessor of which is already in operation at CERN, the European Organization for...



Photo: J. Mai, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
For the first time, a team of researchers under the leadership of TU Darmstadt and with the participation of scientists from the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung Darmstadt has succeeded in measuring the transition between energy levels of the lithium-like ions of bismuth with such precision that it has become possible to reassess underlying theories. This has led to a surprising result. The scientists have now published this result in "Nature Communications": the understanding of...



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

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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...

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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...

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