MAT-Science Week at GSI and FAIR
The MAT-Science Week at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung brought together more than 100 scientists from 30 universities and research institutions worldwide involved in materials science with ion beams and related applied fields.
The event began with the annual Workshop on Ion and Particle Beams (Ionenstrahl Workshop) covering the activities of the German science community using positrons and ion beams (from eV up to GeV) for analysis, material modification and fabrication of nanostructures. The progress reports of research projects funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
The progress of the collaborative research projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research was presented in numerous contributions and the upcoming activities for the FAIR phase 0 were discussed. During the following MAT Collaboration Meeting, the users of the GSI facilities presented their current activities in many different fields covering radiation effects in solids, radiation hardness of accelerator materials and electronic devices, and ion-track nanotechnology.
The event also offered a platform to gather experts from materials science, plasma physics, high-pressure science, mineralogy and geoscience, in order to discuss upcoming opportunities at the future APPA facilities at FAIR. APPA is one of the four research pillars of the future accelerator facility FAIR
Dedicated talks covered exciting topics such as the response of solids to multiple extreme conditions (e.g. irradiation, temperature, and pressure) and the creation of quenchable high-pressure phases. Further topics included the emission of beam-induced acoustic signals, mitigation processes of surface desorption under high-intensity ion beams, and warm dense matter physics, also in combination with nanostructured targets. The stimulating discussions made clear that coupling swift heavy ions, high pressure, and versatile state-of-the-art instrumentation provide exciting new research opportunities partially already available at the existing facilities within the phase 0 of FAIR.