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Scientific Network

Abbe Center of Photonics

The Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) represents the extensive spectrum of research in optics and photonics conducted at different departments of the Friedrich Schiller University. Core competences are located in the areas ultra optics, strong-field physics and biophotonics.


ExtreMe Matter Institute – EMMI

Established at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, the ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI promotes research of matter at extreme densities and temperatures, ranging from the coldest to the hottest forms of matter in the universe.


Research Collaboration APPA R&D

The BMBF-funded research collaboration APPA R&D comprises the German university groups who have set out to perform scientific research at the future international accerlator complex FAIR under the umbrella of APPA (Atomic, Plasma Physics and Applications). The FAIR-installations are currently under construction at the site of the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany.

Facility for Low-Energy Antiproton and Ion Research – FLAIR

The Facility for Low-Energy Antiproton and Ion Research is being constructed at the Helmholtz Center GSI and will provide slow antiprotons in unrivaled intensity for a multitude of atomic and nuclear physics experiments.


Stored Particles Atomic Physics Research Collaboration – SPARC

Using the new FAIR facility, scientists will be able to accelerate heavy ions to relativistic energies and conduct collision experiments with them. The Stored Particles Atomic Physics Research Collaboration will investigate the validity of quantum electrodynamics (QED) in this regime, as well as the ions’ interaction with matter.


Helmholtz Graduate School for Hadron and Ion Research

The Helmholtz Graduate School HGS-HIRe for FAIR is a joint endeavor of GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, the universities at Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Giessen, Heidelberg and Mainz as well as the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). It supports structured PhD education for research associated with GSI and FAIR.


Helmholtz International Center for FAIR

The Helmholtz International Center for FAIR (HIC for FAIR) brings together theoretical and experimental research activities related to the international large-scale project FAIR.


Laserlab Europe

The Laserlab Europe consortium encompasses 28 leading institutions in interdisciplinary, laser-based research. Access to a total of 20 facilities is offered to European research groups.


ATHENA: Proposal for a Helmholtz ARD Distributed Test Facility

The Helmholtz ARD programme has led to the development of a coherent strategy and built up of an improved personnel base for accelerator R&D in Germany. The programme sponsors a new type of collaboration in workshops and experiments across all involved Helmholtz centres and universities. It is the goal of Helmholtz ARD to further strengthen these collaborative aspects and to foster the resulting synergetic effects. For this purpose the “Helmholtz Roadmap for Large Infrastructures” foresees the implementation of a “distributed ARD test facility”.
The proposal to build up ATHENA as a distributed ARD test facility is a common project by the Helmholtz ARD centres and institutes: DESY, GSI with HI-Jena, FZJ, HZB, HZDR and KIT.

EuPRAXIA Design Study

EuPRAXIA will produce a conceptual design report for the worldwide first 5 GeV plasma-based accelerator with industrial beam quality and user areas. EuPRAXIA is the required intermediate step between proof-of-principle experiments and ground-breaking, ultra-compact accelerators for science, industry, medicine or the energy frontier (“plasma linear collider”). The study will design accelerator technology, laser systems and feedbacks for improving the quality of plasma-accelerated beams.

High Data Rate Processing and Analysis Initiative (HDRI)

The High Data Rate Processing and Analysis Initiative develops infrastructure and software necessary to cope with the enormous data rates occurring at modern detectors within the Helmholtz Association.