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Can We make a star on earth?

Nuclear fusion has kept our Sun burning for five billion years. Might it be harnessed here on Earth as an energy source? This program illustrates the race to create artificial stars that can ensure humanity's earthbound survival. Several facilities and projects are profiled-including the Joint...

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Other Authors: BBC Worldwide Ltd., Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm), Films Media Group.
Format: Video
Language: English
Published: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2008.
Physical Description: 1 streaming video file (48 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
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Summary: Nuclear fusion has kept our Sun burning for five billion years. Might it be harnessed here on Earth as an energy source? This program illustrates the race to create artificial stars that can ensure humanity's earthbound survival. Several facilities and projects are profiled-including the Joint European Torus, or JET, which initiates nuclear fusion at a rate far higher than that inside the Sun; a bigger version of JET known as ITER, now under construction in southern France; an American approach known as inertial fusion underway at the National Ignition Facility in California; and the so-called Z-Machine in New Mexico, designed to produce astronomically high temperatures-and, possibly, the birth of a star-like object.
Item Description: Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 09, 2009.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
World's Greatest Engineering Challenge (1:28) -- Sun's Effect on Earth's Rhythms (1:06) -- Sun's Power Source (1:03) -- Nuclear Fusion (0:59) -- Fusion Reactor (0:53) -- World Record on Fusion Power (0:57) -- Sir Isaac Newton and Sunlight (1:04) -- Spectrum of Light from the Sun (1:02) -- What Is the Sun Made Of? (0:58) -- Albert Einstein's Equation (1:10) -- Einstein's Theory and Sun's Energy (1:13) -- Physicist Arthur Eddington (1:11) -- Beginning of Universe (1:30) -- Stellar Nurseries (1:01) -- First Stars: Chemical Factories (1:03) -- Energy Generation on Earth (0:48) -- Manhattan Project (1:06) -- Nuclear Fusion (1:06) -- Operative Ivy: Hydrogen Bomb (1:10) -- Nuclear Explosion (1:01) -- Nuclear Energy for Peace (1:15) -- Bomb Simulators (1:15) -- Bomb Simulator: Z-Machine (0:56) -- Power of Nuclear Fusion (1:03) -- Photograph of Pure Energy (0:59) -- Fusion Energy on Earth (1:06) -- Star on Earth (0:58) -- Engineering Challenge (0:49) -- What Makes the Sun Shine? (1:24) -- Deuterium Fusion (0:53) -- World's Largest Laser (1:10) -- Star Seed: Controlled Explosion (1:14) -- Nuclear Burn (1:28) -- Quest for Nuclear Ignition (1:19) -- Plasma State of Matter (1:13) -- South Korea's Fusion Reactor (1:45) -- Nuclear Fusion and Plasma (1:05) -- Inside a Fusion Reactor (1:06) -- Nuclear Fusion: Cheap Electricity (1:09) -- K-Star Reactor: Final Step in R & D (1:27) -- Nuclear Fusion Will Change Civilization (1:58)
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Nuclear fusion has kept our Sun burning for five billion years. Might it be harnessed here on Earth as an energy source? This program illustrates the race to create artificial stars that can ensure humanity's earthbound survival. Several facilities and projects are profiled-including the Joint European Torus, or JET, which initiates nuclear fusion at a rate far higher than that inside the Sun; a bigger version of JET known as ITER, now under construction in southern France; an American approach known as inertial fusion underway at the National Ignition Facility in California; and the so-called Z-Machine in New Mexico, designed to produce astronomically high temperatures-and, possibly, the birth of a star-like object.
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Physical Description: 1 streaming video file (48 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Format: Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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