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Next on NOVA: "Absolute Zero"

Tuesday, December 23 at 8 p.m.
(Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.
Broadcast in high definition where available.)

Air-conditioning, refrigeration, and superconductivity are just some
of the ways technology has put cold to use. But what is cold, how do
you achieve it, and how cold can it get? NOVA explores these and
other facets of the frigid in the two-hour program "Absolute Zero."
Follow the quest for cold from the unlikely father of
air-conditioning, the court magician of King James I of England in
the 17th century, to today's scientists pioneering superfast
computing in the quantum chill near absolute zero--the ultimate
extreme of cold at minus 273.15 C (minus 460 F).

Here's what you'll find on the companion website:

Absolute Hotwww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/hot.html
Is there an opposite to absolute zero?

A Sense of Scalewww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/scale.html
Travel from absolute zero to what may be the highest temperature of all.

Milestones In Cold Researchwww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/research.html
 From Galileo's thermoscope to a recent experiment that reached less
than a billionth of a degree above absolute zero

The Conquest of Coldwww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/conquest.html
In the U.S., refrigeration played a key role in the rise of
cities--and the final subjugation of native cultures in the West.

Ultracold Atomswww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/atoms.html
Physicist Luis Orozco on enigmatic substances called BECs that form
just above absolute zero

How Low Can You Go?www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/howlow.html
In our virtual lab, use the "cascade" process to achieve
dramatically lower temperatures.

States of Matterwww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/matter.html
Adjust temperature and pressure, and watch as gases become liquids,
liquids harden into solids, and more.

A Matter of Degreeswww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/degrees.html
Create your own temperature scale, then see how it compares to those
of Fahrenheit and Celsius.

Anatomy of a Refrigeratorwww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/refrigerator.html
You likely have one, but do you know how it works?

The Ice Tradewww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/trade.html
In this game, dispatch 10 ships loaded with natural ice to Florida,
Brazil, or India. Can you make a profit?


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Major funding for Absolute Zero provided by the National Science
Foundation, with additional funding from the Alfred P. Sloan


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