GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung operates a unique accelerator for heavy ions. Researchers from around the world use this facility for experiments that help them make fascinating discoveries in basic research. In addition, they continually develop new and impressive applications.

Heavy-ion synchrotron SIS18 - exterior view.
It is still a glimpse into the future: Astronauts could be put into artificial hibernation and in this state be better protected from cosmic radiation. At present, there are already promising approaches to follow up such considerations. An international research team led by the Biophysics Department of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum in Darmstadt now has found decisive indications of the possible benefits of artificial hibernation for radiation resistance.

Peter Micke
Peter Micke will be Helmholtz Young Investigator Group Leader at the Helmholtz Institute Jena, a branch of the GSI Helmholtz Center in Darmstadt. He will receive 1.5 million euros over the next five years to set up his experiment at the GSI accelerator facility. He intends to use novel quantum technology at the HITRAP facility at GSI for high-precision measurements of heavy highly charged ions. The combination of a heavy ion accelerator and those kinds of precision experiments is unique.

Test facility THOR at the University of Salerno.
The future FAIR ring accelerator SIS100 uses superconducting magnets for deflection, focusing and correction of the circulating ion beams. While the complete series of dipole modules required for beam deflection has already been manufactured and tested, series production of the quadrupole modules required for focusing and correction is still in an earlier phase. In the meantime, an important step has been taken with the commissioning of the cryogenic test facility THOR...

FAIR – the future accelerator facility

In the next few years the new international accelerator facility FAIR, one of the largest research projects worldwide, will be erected at GSI. At FAIR an unprecedented variety of experiments will be possible. Thereby physicists from all around 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.
Learn more about FAIR: GSI about FAIR or FAIR web page

Cancer Treatment with Ion Beams

GSI is the birthplace of a new form of cancer treatment. This development was the result of many years of research in conjunction with GSI’s large ion-beam accelerator system. The advantage of this new treatment modality is that the ion beam selectively damages tumor tissues while sparing the surrounding healthy tissues. More...

The Creation of New Elements

Chemical elements are produced in stars and stellar explosions. Elements are the building blocks of all materials that surround us – including every atom of our bodies. The universe is also home to a large number of atoms that do not occur on earth. One of the key tasks of the researchers at GSI is to attempt to create previously unknown elements. More...