The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute which belongs to the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain covering also the ETH Zurich and the EPFL.
It was established in 1988 by merging in 1960 established EIR (Eidgenössisches Institut für Reaktorforschung, Federal Institute for Reactor Research) and in 1968 established SIN (Schweizerisches Institut für Nuklearphysik, Swiss Institute for Nuclear Physics).
The PSI is a multi-disciplinary research centre for natural sciences and technology. In national and international collaboration with universities, other research institutes and industry, PSI is active in solid state physics, materials sciences, elementary particle physics, life sciences, nuclear and non-nuclear energy research, and energy-related ecology.
It is the largest Swiss national research institute with about 1,400 (year 2011) members of staff, and is the only one of its kind in Switzerland.
PSI is a User Laboratory and runs several particle accelerators. The 590MeV cyclotron, with its 72MeV companion pre-accelerator, is one of them. As of 2011, it delivers up to 2.2mA proton beam, which is the world record for such proton cyclotrons. It drives the spallation neutron source complex. The latest accelerator built (in 2001) is the Swiss Light Source (SLS), a synchrotron light source with a 2.4GeV electron storage ring. It is one of the world’s best with respect to electron beam brilliance and stability.
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- Rechargeable batteries that last 30 to 50 percent longer and re-charge more rapidly – July 4, 2016
- Tiny magnets mimic steam, water and ice – September 21, 2015
- Superconductivity switched on by magnetic field surprises scientists
- Germanium made compatible – faster communications on the way
- Pilot plant converts fruit and veggie waste into natural gas for cars
The Planetary Science Institute (PSI) is a research institute based in Tucson, Arizona, focusing on planetary science.
Founded in 1972 on a non-profit basis, it is involved in many NASA missions, the study of Mars, asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, the formation of the Solar System, extrasolar planets, the origin of life, and other scientific topics.
It is now actively participating in the Dawn mission, scheduled to explore Vesta between 2011 and 2012, and Ceres in 2015.
PSI manages the spacecraft’s Gamma-Ray and Neutron Detector, which will map the surfaces of the two minor planets to determine how they were formed and evolved.
The Institute’s [email protected] is a distributed computing project through which the public can help in the search for near-Earth objects.
The Institute is also involved in science education through school programs, popular science books and art.
Its scientific Staff are distributed across 16 US states and in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Russia, Australia, and South Africa.