Existing and new particle accelerator in Darmstadt:

Merger of FAIR and GSI to take place earlier than planned

(picture: ion42 for FAIR)

Germany’s central government and the federal state of Hesse have agreed to bring about the merger of the two Darmstadt-based companies for the operation of particle accelerator facilities, the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH) and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, earlier than planned. At a meeting of the employees on 23 January the employees of GSI and FAIR were informed about the current situation.

The new particle accelerator FAIR is currently being built in Darmstadt. The client is FAIR GmbH, which is also responsible for the facility’s later operation. Some three quarters of the shares in FAIR GmbH are held by GSI on behalf of the German government and the federal state of Hesse, one quarter of the shares are held by the eight partner states Finland, France, India, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Slovenia and Sweden. Great Britain is an associate member.

The two facilities are linked in terms of their technology: The existing accelerators of GSI will serve as preliminary accelerators for the FAIR accelerator facility.

It was agreed by the partner states as long ago as 2010 that the merger would take place upon the commencement of operations at the latest. The partner states have already indicated their willingness to bring forward the merger. Contractual details are to be clarified in the course of this year.

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