Photo montage: The existing accelerator facility at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (left) and the planned FAIR facility (right). Photo montage: The existing accelerator facility at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (left) and the planned FAIR facility (right). © ion42 for FAIR/GSI

First-time exhibitors at EXPO REAL 2016: FAIR GmbH, Germany

Part 2 in our “First-time exhibitors 2016” series

“From the Big Bang to present day” – FAIR GmbH is building what is set to be one of the world’s largest accelerator facilities for research involving antiprotons and ions in Darmstadt. We are looking forward to welcoming this interesting exhibitor to EXPO REAL for the first time in 2016, so we decided to catch up with Klaus Ringsleben, Chairman of the FAIR/GSI Building Advisory Committee, to ask him a few questions.

 

What made you decide to exhibit at EXPO REAL 2016?

Next year, we will be starting work on the construction of our large-scale project FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), one of the world’s largest accelerator facilities for research involving antiprotons and ions. We are hoping that by exhibiting at EXPO REAL this year we will be able to get our project noticed by representatives from the construction and technical building equipment sectors, and generate interest in what really is a “world-class project.” It is our aim to enter into discussions about first-rate technical solutions and ideas with contacts from within the industry that can really clinch our project’s success.

What’s more, we view EXPO REAL as a platform for recruiting people with specialist experience in managing large-scale projects within the field of technical building equipment in particular, to join the existing FAIR team.

 

What further details can you share with us about your project?

The accelerator facility (FAIR, Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) is set to be built in Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany, over the next few years. The project is being financed by the German government, the state of Hesse, and partner countries around the world. FAIR GmbH was founded by the contracting states involved on October 4, 2010.

The new facility will allow for multiple physics programs to be conducted simultaneously, opening up lots of innovative new opportunities for research while offering huge potential for discoveries to be made. Through experiments over the coming decades, we can expect to make extensive findings about states of matter that have never been researched before as well as about how the universe of present day has evolved since the Big Bang.

FAIR will be used as a public laboratory for fundamental research to be conducted by an estimated 3000 scientists from some 50 countries.

 

Already online: First-time exhibitors at EXPO REAL 2016: Starland Holding, Slovak Republic

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Klaus Ringsleben is the Chairman of the FAIR/GSI Building Advisory Committee. Thanks to FAIR’s international particle accelerator, the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung is set to create one of the largest research facilities in the world. A tunnel is being built for the main part of the facility – a ring accelerator with a circumference of 1.1 km. Spanning 62,000 m2 of usable space, the 24 buildings and tunnel sections will house a total of 3.5 km of steel guide pipes, huge detectors, and a complex technical infrastructure.

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