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FAIR receives three million euros from EU project CREMLINplus for cooperation between CBM and NICA

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The European Commission is providing 25 million euros for scientific cooperation between European research infrastructures - in particular the projects of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and the mega science projects in Russia. The long-term cooperation of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung  with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna in the large-scale projects of FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) and NICA (Nuclotron-based Ion Collider facility) also benefits from this EU funding.

As part of the new EU project CREMLINplus (Connecting Russian and European Measures for Large-scale Research Infrastructures - plus), FAIR GmbH is receiving three million euros in funding for cooperation between the FAIR experiment CBM (Compressed Baryonic Matter) and the experiments on the future NICA collider at JINR.

CREMLINplus, which will be launched at the beginning of 2020, will provide additional funding of 2.6 million euros over a period of four years for a further eleven institutes of the CBM collaboration from seven countries.

The joint development of silicon track detectors, the design of ultra-fast, self-triggered data acquisition systems, the development of software packages for online event selection and data analysis, as well as the construction of target chambers, extremely thin beam pipes and calorimeters for event characterization will be supported.

In another work package, the next generation of ultra-thin silicon pixel sensors (MAPS - Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors) is being developed under the direction of the GSI detector laboratory. These silicon pixel detectors make it possible to measure the experiment traces locally with higher accuracy. Very good spatial resolution is required for identification, especially for special particles seldom produced in collisions.

GSI and FAIR can contribute their competence and many years of experience in the fields of detector technologies, front-end electronics, data acquisition as well as simulations and data analysis.

In addition to the cooperation between CBM and NICA, CREMLINplus also supports the cooperation of European research infrastructures in the field of neutron research, research with synchrotron beams and lasers, as well as in particle physics with the respective Russian megascience projects (PIK, USSR, EXCELS and SCT).

The Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Professor Paolo Giubellino, was very pleased with the funding: "GSI and FAIR were once again able to underline their excellence through their success in competitive funding processes. CREMLINplus will further advance the latest technologies, which are crucial for the success of research at future accelerator facilities, and demonstrates the added value of cooperation among major research facilities. The strong international perspective of the project is important for top-level research, which is based on lively cooperation across national borders." (BP)

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Simulation of generated particle traces from gold-gold nuclear collisions in the silicon tracking system of the CBM experiment.
Members of the CREMLINplus team from the CBM department and the detector laboratory.
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Photo: J. Heuser