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Breaking the Wall to Control Fusion Power [electronic resource]: How Tokamak Research Is Paving the Way for Successful Fusion Energy Reactors

Falling Walls Foundation
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With the goal of using fusion power to generate abundant energy, scientific research is now focusing on creating and controlling high-temperature, burning plasma as it exists in stars - with deuterium, a type of hydrogen abundant in the oceans. Significant progress has been made in the area of tokamak research, working to confine the plasma through magnetic fields and provide the basis for ITER, the next-step fusion device. New technologies have been developed to protect the walls of fusion reactors against temperatures of 200 million degrees. Fusion scientist Rachael McDermott received her Ph.D. in Plasma Physics and Fusion Technology from the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. She is a member of the ASDEX Upgrade team, a tokamak project of the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, and of the Helmholtz Association Nachwuchsgruppe. In this Falling Walls lecture, McDermott presents the most recent advances toward developing the ultimate clean-energy source.
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16 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 10, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Part of the Falling Walls conference.
Variant Title
Control Fusion Power
How Tokamak Research Is Paving the Way for Successful Fusion Energy Reactors
  • Research in Fusion Power (0:39)
  • What is Fusion Energy? (1:33)
  • D+T Reaction (1:09)
  • How Do We Create Fusion Energy on Earth? (1:15)
  • Problem of Heat (4:48)
  • Successful Control of Tokamak Temperature (1:17)
  • A Problem to be Solved (2:09)
  • Possible Solutions (1:19)
  • ITER, Next Step Fusion Device (0:40)
  • Credits: Breaking the Wall to Control Fusion Power: How Tokamak Research Is Paving the Way for Successful Fusion Energy Reactors (0:00)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
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53578 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (16 min.) : sd., col.
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