“Saturday Morning Physics” back on site at GSI/FAIR


On Saturday, December 2, around 120 high-school students from all over Hesse visited the GSI/FAIR campus as part of the “Saturday Morning Physics” lecture series – for the first time on site again since the corona pandemic. In tours of the research facilities, the students gained exciting insights into current physics research, explored the existing GSI particle accelerators, experiments and infrastructure facilities and were informed about the construction of the international accelerator facility FAIR.

Following a short introductory lecture, the students learned about topics such as tumor therapy with carbon ions developed at GSI, the production of superheavy elements, materials research, and atomic physics at the ESR experimental storage ring. Infrastructure facilities such as the main control room, the target laboratory and the test stands and storage facilities for the magnets of the future FAIR facility were also part of the program, as was an outlook onto the FAIR mega construction site from the viewpoint.

The “Saturday Morning Physics” event series was organized by the Faculty of Physics at TU Darmstadt for the 25th time. It takes place annually and aims to encourage young people's interest in physics. At the events, pupils learn more about physics research at the university. Those who take part in the events receive the “Saturday Morning Physics” diploma. GSI and FAIR have been sponsors and supporters of the series since its start. During the coronavirus pandemic, the series switched to an online format, but returned to a hybrid format of on-site and online participation this year. (CP)

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