Member of the Bundestag Till Mansmann visits GSI and FAIR


Member of the Bundestag Till Mansmann recently visited GSI and FAIR. He informed himself about the scientific activities and the progress of the future accelerator center FAIR, which is currently being built at GSI. The guest was welcomed by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Dr. Ulrich Breuer, Administrative Managing Director of GSI and FAIR and Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, as well as Carola Pomplun from the Press and Public Relations Department at GSI and FAIR.

After introductory information on the status of the FAIR construction project, the campus development, previous research successes and current experiments, the FDP politician and a physicist by education was given insights into the existing research facilities on the GSI and FAIR campus during a guided tour. The tour included the test facility for superconducting accelerator magnets, where mainly high-tech components for FAIR are tested, the linear accelerator UNILAC, the SHIP experiment, where the GSI elements 107 to 112 were produced, and the energy-efficient supercomputing center Green IT Cube.

After this, Till Mansmann had the opportunity to get an overview of the entire construction site and the activities in the northern and southern construction areas from the viewing platform on the edge of the construction site. Subsequently, the FAIR construction site and the progresses there were visited at close range during a tour. One highlight was the walk-through of the recently completed underground accelerator tunnel. The central ring accelerator SIS100 will be the heart of the future facility.

Also shown was the CBM experiment, which is well advanced in construction. The unique CBM (Compressed Baryonic Matter) experiment is one of the four research pillars of the future FAIR accelerator facility. The focus is on the investigation of highly compressed baryonic matter, as it exists in neutron stars and in the center of supernova explosions.

The development in the south of the construction field is also progressing well: This includes the structural work for six buildings and for a futher experimental facility – the superconducting fragment separator (Super-FRS). It will focus on research topics concerning the nuclear structure and interactions of extremely rare, exotic particles. The bus tour was completed with a stop at the large container facility on the southwestern edge of the FAIR construction site. From there, the construction planning for FAIR and the coordination of the FAIR construction site takes place. (BP)