Research profile of the center

HIC for FAIR explores new concepts and methods for the construction, operation and scientific exploitation of the international research center FAIR at Darmstadt. It pushes the frontiers of theoretical and experimental concepts for FAIR and contributes to the development and design of state-of-the-art accelerator components, of experimental equipment and methodology, and of numerical methods. HIC for FAIR plays a leading role in the construction of FAIR, and in the planning, analysis, and interpretation of FAIR experiments centered at the local universities. The main strategic goal is to explore the multifaceted manifestations of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), modern accelerator technology and applied sciences by fully exploiting the research opportunities of FAIR at the Hessian universities. Of central importance is the creation and investigation of exotic forms and phases of elementary matter and of unknown particles in experiments with energetic protons, anti-protons, and heavy ions. A vigorous program in plasma physics, applied physics and medical applications with intense, energetic beams of light and heavy ions has been established.

The research profile of HIC for FAIR is reflected in its organizational structure within four inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional expert groups devoted to

This way HIC for FAIR embraces the entire value chain from advancing accelerator technology, scientific experiments and computing towards theoretical description and scientific insight and applications.


The HIC for FAIR researcheres have published more than 2,000 articles since 2008. All publications are stored in our database: HIC for FAIR publication database.

QCD Simulations, Dynamics and Medical Physics

The research focuses on large-scale simulations of FAIR-related physics.

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QCD phenomenology deals with the properties of strongly interacting matter.

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Instrumentation and Computing

The work covers the research and development activities for the FAIR experiments.

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The activities focus on the optimization and required R&D work on the FAIR accelerators.

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