FAIR: New German particle accelerator clears first hurdle

Jun 12, 2012
A French particle accelerator is pictured in 2006. Plans to build a 1.6-billion-euro particle accelerator in Germany cleared the first main hurdle when authorities gave the go-ahead for construction to begin.

Plans to build a 1.6-billion-euro ($2 billion) particle accelerator in Germany cleared the first main hurdle Tuesday when authorities gave the go-ahead for construction to begin.

The environment minister for the regional state of Hesse, Lucia Puttrich, officially gave the green light for a new giant Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR), which is to built on a 20-hectare site in Darmstadt, not far from Frankfurt.

In what is being described as one of the biggest research projects in the world, more than 3,000 scientists from more than 50 countries will work at FAIR from 2018, studying the nature and .

FAIR is being financed by eight different countries, including France, Russia and India.

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Deesky
5 / 5 (6) Jun 12, 2012
It would have been good if more details were provided about this accelerator, as I've not heard much about it before and how it compares to CERN.

Press info seems to be hard to come by, but here's their official website:
http://www.fair-c...php?id=1
runrig
not rated yet Jun 13, 2012
Why is this necessary when the world has CERN ? Surely that can do all and much more science.
Satene
1 / 5 (2) Jun 13, 2012
Because the public feedback for these research is missing. A two billion collider is useless in the situation, when LHC found essentially nothing and the cold fusion research is delayed by twenty years.
aennen
1 / 5 (1) Jun 13, 2012
wonder who is paying for this ?
Gagarin
5 / 5 (1) Jun 13, 2012
wonder who is paying for this ?

Concerning the cost of the construction, it is about one day of military expenses in the world!
Gagarin
not rated yet Jun 13, 2012
Because the public feedback for these research is missing. A two billion collider is useless in the situation, when LHC found essentially nothing and the cold fusion research is delayed by twenty years.

FAIR would be specialized in the antimatter research; in CERN only a limited antimatter research is possible. The physics of the 21st century would be probably dominated by the antimatter research and the understanding of the quantum vacuum.
Deesky
5 / 5 (1) Jun 13, 2012
Because the public feedback for these research is missing. A two billion collider is useless in the situation, when LHC found essentially nothing and the cold fusion research is delayed by twenty years.

Oh look! A new Zephir clone!