Element Darmstadtium celebrates its birthday — GSI/FAIR present themselves at the Luisencenter in Darmstadt
On the occasion of the birthday date of the chemical element Darmstadtium, GSI/FAIR presented themselves from November 7 to 9, 2023, with an information booth at the Luisencenter shopping mall in the heart of Darmstadt. The interest was immense and the booth was very well visited on all three days. Two hands-on experiments awaited the guests of all ages, who were able to playfully experience the acceleration process and the fusion of two elements into a new one. Employees were available for intensive discussions, and to answer questions about research at GSI/FAIR and training opportunities.
The chemical element Darmstadtium celebrates its birthday on November 9. It was produced for the first time on this date in 1994 at the GSI accelerator facilities. The researchers shot atomic nuclei of nickel (atomic number 28) onto a foil of lead (atomic number 82). The fusion of the two nuclei produced element 110, which bears its name Darmstadtium — in honor of the city of Darmstadt — in all the world's periodic tables.
In addition to research into the production of superheavy elements, GSI/FAIR also provided information about the mega construction project FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), which is currently being built next to the GSI premises in international cooperation. At FAIR, matter that usually only exists in the depth of space will be produced in the lab for research. Scientists from all over the world will be able to gain new insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present. (CP)