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Helmholtz International Center for FAIR
(Spearheaded by Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main)


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The LOEWE Center "HIC for FAIR" (Helmholtz International Center for FAIR) is a cooperation from three Hessian colleges - Goethe University Frankfurt, the Technical University of Darmstadt, Justus Liebig University Giessen - and the Frankfurt Institute for advanced Studies (FIAS), and the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, and the Helmholtz Society of German research Centers. Together, the partners want to introduce their strengths to the future particle accelerator center FAIR - Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research - at the GSI. FAIR will provide antiproton and ion streams with an intensity and quality that is yet unreached, soon enabling a diversity of heretofore impossible experiments from which physicists can expect new insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe. Furthermore, through this project the optimal environment will be created for researching interacting matter and for developing ultramodern technologies in the fields of particle acceleration, rapid pattern recognition, high-performance computing for the simulation of strongly interacting matter, and data evaluation.


FAIR is about the greater project of European fundamental physics research, which will be established with a total of approx. 1.2 billion Euros in Darmstadt at the existing large research institution GSI. Specifically from Giessen, there have been scientific connections dating back over 40 years.  Physicists from Giessen back then were significant participants in the construction of the GSI facilities and have made important contributions once again for FAIR, which will define foundational physics research for the next 10-15 years.


In particular, the planned development of a detector for experiments with antimatter relies heavily on Giessen's conceptions and expertise.  Members of the Second Physics Institute of JLU are participating in a leading role in the development of the PANDA detector, and theoreticians from the Institute for Theoretical Physics are working on theoretical simulations and estimations of antimatter production rates necessary for the detector's design.


For the LOEWE Center HIC for FAIR, additional personnel resources in the form of two equipped professorships for work on FAIR are being provided to the University of Giessen and its physicists.  The center has been working since the 1st of July, 2008.