French High-Commissioner for Atomic Energy Yves Bréchet visits FAIR and GSI
Professor Yves Bréchet, the High-Commissioner for Atomic Energy, visited the FAIR and GSI research facilities in January. In an introductory talk he was informed by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, about the on-going research activities at the existing facility and the planning of the FAIR project.
Subsequently the Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Jörg Blaurock, showed him the current progress of the SIS100 tunnel construction and the further construction activities in a bus tour of the FAIR construction site. In a guided tour through the existing accelerator facility he visited the materials research, the experimental site for the discovery of superheavy elements SHIP, the PHELIX laser, the therapy site for tumor treatments with carbon ions, the FAIR storage ring CRYRING and also the large-scale experiment R3B, which houses a French contribution to FAIR, the so-called GLAD magnet.
Yves Bréchet is the Government Scientific Advisor for the missions of the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). The governmental institution is subordinate to the French ministries for research, energy, armed forces, and industry. Together with the French National Center for Scientific Research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CNRS) the CEA holds half of the French shares of FAIR.