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WP6 - Research Coordination

Work package leader: Prof. Dr. G. Rosner


FAIR combines the interest of several scientific communities, spread widely from atomic physics, nuclear physics, hadron physics, relativistic heavy ion physics, physics with antiprotons and anti hydrogen, plasma physics, accelerator physics, to biophysics and applied physics linked to ion beams.

The accepted FAIR experiment proposals (with more than 2500 authors) from these fields constitute a world-class research programme with a large potential of cross-fertilization.

The ‘quasi autonomous’ international collaborations are responding to the scientific potential of FAIR due to its large increase in intensities of primary and secondary beams, that challenges the design of radiation hard detector systems as well as of ultra fast front end electronics and downstream data handling. Complex ‘in-ring experiments’ strongly interfere with the accelerator facilities concerning space and backlash on beam parameters and are therefore linked with beam cooling devices. Furthermore, one key element of FAIR is the simultaneous operation of up to four experimental programmes. This requires new methods and tools, as well as close collaboration with the accelerator teams.

Experiments will be constructed under the responsibility of the FAIR experiment collaborations with contributions and commitments governed by MoUs between the involved institutes world wide, partly not being shareholder of the FAIR GmbH. Hence design and construction of accelerator and experiments, as well as the civil engineering cannot be taken as independent tasks. It will thus be of utmost importance for the FAIR project management to consider the basic interrelations in its planning, coordination and monitoring activities as well as in communication and moderation of interests.

The subdivision of the FAIR research programme into work packages is carried out along the large FAIR experiments (PANDA, CBM, the APPA experiments) and the radioactive beam experiments within the NUSTAR community. There will be a clear work package responsibility already for the first level of work packages, which is expressed by the nomination of spokespersons and technical and resource coordinators of the collaborations.

One important issue of the workpackage is the technical coordinators of the FAIR experiment programmes coordinators coordinated the planning of the experiments in interaction with the overall FAIR project planning. Among the technical coordinators' duties will be the coordination of the experiment work packages as far as it concerns schedules, interrelation and interference with accelerator modules and installation. The experiment technical coordinators perform this work with the experiment integration group of the FAIR Project Management. All experiments will install quality control groups.

The Head of Research (Research Director) will head the research division, promote the FAIR research programmes, monitor the future scientific potential of FAIR, and be responsible for the successful implementation of the FAIR research programme.


Task 5.1: FAIR experiment ccoordination

FAIR experiment coordination In this task the FAIR research programme will be coordinated. A head of research (research director) will be appointed and supervision and monitoring schemes will be prepared. A master plan for the construction of the experiments will be set up. Staging areas for all experiments will be defined and risk and change management tools and procedures for the construction of the experiments will be developed. The construction progress will be monitored on- and off-site. Technical databases and collaboration databases will be set up and maintained and the financial planning (budgets for construction and operation of the experiments) as well as reporting will be done. Coordination for the use of testing facilities will be provided and specifications will be developed.

The goal of this task is in addition to optimize the experiment facilities. The technical and resource coordination in close collaboration with the FAIR experiment collaborations will be performed in this task. The Technical Design Reports (TDR), prepared within the duration of this EU project for several detectors of the FAIR experiments, will be compiled and evaluated. All experiments will install quality control groups. They will implement a quality assurance management and document handling as well as monitoring of needed resources.

An important subtask is the coordination of the technical integration of the experimental setups into the technical installations of accelerator beamlines and the buildings (caves). Participating institutions: GSI, INFN, SMI-OEAW, JYFL, UU, CSIC, NIPNE, ITEP, CEA-DSM, JU, S-Academy, QU, VECC, BARC, U-Pavia.


Task 5.2: Support to experiment collaborations

In this task support will be provided to the FAIR experiment collaborations in order to structure and facilitate the embedding of the bottom-up FAIR experiment collaborations into the set-up of the facility. The FAIR research programme will be represented internationally. In addition, a guest programme will be installed, and a series of seminars, colloquia, and workshops shall be set-up and initiated.

Participating institutions: GSI, INFN, SMI-OEAW, JYFL, UU, CSIC, NIPNE, ITEP, CEA-DSM, JU, S-Academy, QU, VECC, BARC, U-Pavia.


Task 5.3: Review FAIR research programme

In this task the FAIR physics programme will continuously be reviewed and evaluated. Together with distinguished external experts and the FAIR advisory committees the Research Director and his / her team will organise this review process and publish its findings in an appropriate form.

Participating institutions: GSI / FAIR GmbH.


Task 5.4: Experiment conditions

While FAIR will grant beam time and access to the facility on the basis of scientific excellence only, a framework of conditions for the FAIR experiments has to be established.

Participating institutions: GSI / FAIR GmbH.



  • D6.1: FAIR Research Programme Report (specifications, budgets, databases)
    month 24
  • D6.2: FAIR Research Programme, document on implementation of a quality assurance management and document handling strategy, selection of Technical Design Reports (TDR) for sub-detectors of the FAIR experiments
    month 36
  • D6.3: Master plan FAIR experiment construction
    month 36
  • D6.4: Experiment Conditions
    month 48



  • M6.1: Head of Research (Research Director) hired
    month 5
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