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CRYRING is a heavy ion storage ring, formerly located at the Manne Siegbahn Laboratory at Stockholm University. During close to two decades of operation in Sweden, many significant scientific contributions to atomic and molecular physics were achieved using CRYRING. To further leverage its capabilities into the realm of intense beams of highly charged ions, of exotic  isotopes, and antiprotons, it has for long been proposed to relocate CRYRING from Sweden to GSI/FAIR. In cooperation with our Swedish partners and further international contributors, we are presently working on the CRYRING@ESR project.

In Darmstadt, the ring is being modernized and adapted to the GSI/FAIR standards and set up downstream of ESR (Report). There, it is to become both, a test bed for new FAIR technologies, as well as a new home for research with slow exotic ion beams for several collaborations of FAIR: SPARC, BioMat, FLAIR, and NuSTAR for pursuing precision measurements on forefront of atomic and nuclear physics and beyond. Details of our planned experiments are laid out in the Physics book.


CRYRING@ESR can store, cool and decelerate heavy, highly charged ions down to a few 100 keV/nucleon. It features excellent vacuum conditions to achieve ion beam lifetimes of several seconds to minutes for even the highest charge states of ions. It is equipped with a high performance electron cooler, as well as with a gas-jet target. Moreover, an independent injector beamline will allow for standalone operation during commissioning and prototyping while the FAIR accelerators are unavailable.

The ions are kept in orbit by twelve 30° magnetic dipoles and a number of magnetic quadrupoles and sextupoles (not shown in the figure) in six of the twelve straight sections. The other six sections house an injection and an extraction system, an rf-gap for deceleration and acceleration , and the electron cooler. Finally, one section is available for experimental installations as for instance a gas target. 

Circumference 54.17 m (ESR/2)
Rigidity 0.054 – 1.44 Tm (– 0.8 Tm for protons/antiprotons)
Maximum energy for p, pbar 30 MeV
   - for 12C6+ 24.7 MeV/u
   - for 238U92+ (238U89+) 14.8 MeV/u (13.9 MeV/u)
Lowest energy Charge exchange limited
Magnet ramping (de- and acceleration) 1 T/s (4 T/s, 7 T/s)
Vacuum pressure N2 equiv. 10-12 – 10-11 mbar
Beam injection Multiturn and fast
Beam extraction slow and fast
Ion source for stand alone operation Yes (300 keV/u, A/q < 2.85)

A new FAIR-type control system is being implemented and operated for the first time in a machine providing real beam conditions and hence will be the perfect occasion to test not only the interplay of the newly implemented tools and concepts but also to scrutinize on the stability of the system. Moreover, with the local ion source the ring can also be operated independently. This makes it a perfect training environment for the operators crew to get accommodated with the new control system. Both allow for valuable feedback on the operational concept well in advance before the commissioning of FAIRs key machines.


Enormous progress has been achieved in the reassembly of CRYRING@ESR: Assembly and alignment of all ring components has been completed. We have started commissioning of the ring since summer 2016. The local ion source with 300 keV/u RFQ accelerator as well as the injector beamline from ESR to CRYRING are operating and have both successfully demonstrated ion beam transport to CRYRING. A first turn of H2+ ions injected from the local injector into CRYRING could be achieved in October/November 2016. Our next steps are to prepare the ultrahigh vacuum conditions and to bring the electron cooler into service.

M. Lestinsky (GSI)
W. Geithner (GSI)
CRYRING project team
Simulated ion beam in the yet empty cave ready for installation of CRYRING@ESR (2014).
CRYRING@ESR construction site (2015-12-03).
Cut through a 3D model of CRYRING@ESR with Cave.
First beam of H2+transported from the local ion source fully around CRYRING onto the last beam viewer
M. Lestinsky (GSI)
W. Geithner (GSI)
CRYRING project team


The CRYRING@ESR project is realized with the support of international collaboration partners. Their efforts are kindly acknowledged:

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