Guests from INFN visit FAIR and GSI


Recently, a high-ranking delegation from the Italian research institute INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) visited the facilities of FAIR and GSI. INFN Vice President Professor Eugenio Nappi as well as Professor Diego Bettoni, member of the INFN Executive Board, and Professor Vincenzo Patera of INFN Roma1, spokesperson of the International Biophysics Collaboration, were able to inform themselves in detail about the progress of the FAIR project and the research at FAIR and GSI during their full-day visit. The group was welcomed by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, as well as Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, and Professor Marco Durante, head of the GSI Biophysics research department.

Following introductory presentations about the facility, the guests took a bus tour to the FAIR construction site to take a look at the rapidly developing construction progress. In a guided tour of the existing GSI facilities they learned more e.g. about the superconducting FAIR magnets and their testing, the detector laboratory, the ion sources, the discovery and investigation of superheavy elements, as well as the medical applications of ion beams for cancer therapy. They were also able to meet and discuss with Italian members of staff currently working for GSI and FAIR on campus.

INFN and GSI/FAIR are linked by long standing and very cordial cooperation. A large Italian scientific community participates in several of the FAIR experiments, and INFN will put a series of complex magnet systems, so-called quadrupole modules, for the large FAIR ring accelerator SIS100 through extensive cold testing and thus make an important contribution to the FAIR project. (CP)