Saturday Morning Physics at GSI
On Saturday, November 14, 2009, for the twelfth time 300 pupils from all over the State of Hessen were given the opportunity to visit the GSI Helmholtzzentrum and gain an insight into the current research. In guided tours through the facility the pupils learned about the particle accelerators and about experiments from nuclear, atomic, bio and plasma physics as well as materials research and infrastructure such as target laboratory or pupil"s laboratory.
Prior to the visit GSI-physicist Prof. Dr. Peter Braun-Munzinger answered some thrilling questions in his talk "Der Urknall im Labor": Does a transition between "normal" nuclear matter and a state similar to plasma exist in atomic nuclei at a certain temperature? If so, how can an experimentalist understand and influence this system? Afterwards Prof. Dr. Dieter Hoffman gave an overview about the GSI facilities.
The lecture series "Saturday Morning Physics" is conducted by the faculty of physics of the Technical University Darmstadt. It is held annually and aims to increase the interest of young people for physics. In lectures and experiments the pupils get to know about current developments in the physical research at the university. The GSI visit is the only excursion of the series.
Next to Lufthansa Systems, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft und the publisher Springer-Verlag also the GSI Helmholtzzentrums from the start is among the sponsors and supporters of the project.
The web site of Saturday Morning Physics: www.satmorphy.de