Nuclear Science Center at Texas A&M University

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Texas A&M rocks! Where else can you tour a nuclear reactor? Sounds like just about the only things you don’t get to do it juggle fuel rods and swim in the reactor pool! Texas is looking like a better vacation spot every day…

When operating, the reactor gives off a blue glow known as Cherenkov Radiation.
When an intense radioactive source ejects high-energy charged particles into a transparent material such as water, plastic, or glass, a ghostly bluish glow extending some distance into the medium can be seen. This phenomenon is easily observed when a room containing a swimming pool reactor or a gamma facility is darkened. [Ours is intense enough that our facility does not need darkening to be able to view this phenomenon.]

Nuclear Science Center at Texas A&M University

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