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Desc:Delicious blue glow. Short and sweet.
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:Nuclear Reactor, short and sweet, Penn State, reactor pulse, Čerenkov radiation
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Comment count is 24
SolRo - 2009-03-16
Damn, why didn't the counselors tell me i'd be missing out on this kind of shit by not having good grades.
Old People - 2011-07-27

smoothbrain - 2009-03-16
I got to see this at the reactor at Arizona State (or U. of A. can't remember) in 1995-ish - if you get the chance it's worth it, it's something not many humans will ever see in person.
kelpfoot - 2009-03-16
kelpfact: I have pulsed a TRIGA mk II reactor before.

Other kelpfact: I also know how to convert an old cathode ray-tube television set into an inefficient tabletop fusion reactor.

Suck my glowing blue geekdom.

baleen - 2009-03-16

kelpfoot i have been sent back in time to tell you gghs5

allcaps - 2009-03-17
^Five stars

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2009-03-16
This kind of thing only leads to naked blue guys blowing up the Viet Cong, you know.
UnderANeonHalo - 2009-03-16
Cobalt pretty.
MrBuddy - 2009-03-16
I've always dreamed of seeing that blue Cherenkov glow. You can brag to everyone you know that not only is it possible to break the speed of light but you saw it happen with your own eyes. Oh, and that guy with the ominous count down doesn't know the duration of a second does he?
Urist - 2009-03-16
Time Dilation

kelpfoot - 2009-03-16
If you desperately want to see Čerenkov radiation up close, here's what I recommend you do (assuming you live in the US):

Go to Wikipedia's List of Nuclear Reactors, scroll down to the US, and find the subsection Civilian Research and Test Reactors Licensed to Operate. Here's a direct link to that article & subsection: http://tinyurl.com/LONR-CRLTO

Find a reactor at a university or public research institution near you, and make sure it has a power output of at least a hundred kilowatts or so (preferably more like a megawatt). Search Google for the name of that university plus the name of their reactor - with a little effort, you should be able to find a webpage for the reactor program. Look for either "visitor information" or "contact us."

Most research reactors give tours semi-regularly. If they don't give public tours, just send them an email and POLITELY ask when they'll next be giving a tour (for a high school or whatever). Alternatively, ask if you can visit the next time they have a training session or whatever. Ask if you can visit on that day and see the reactor.

Bring an expensive-looking camera, if you have one. The operators will probably give you a better show if they think you're a photographer.

Desidiosus - 2009-03-16
Bonus points if you look swarthy and they don't strip-search you.

kelpfoot - 2009-03-16
Please. They give tours to high school students. If you were in charge of a dozen fifteen-year-olds inside a nuclear reactor, would you have time to be scared of just some fucking terrorists?

allcaps - 2009-03-17
Favoriting for this Kelpfoot kung fu.

simon666 - 2009-03-16
More like BLUEclear reactor. I'll be here all week folks. AM show is different than the PM show. Stick around.
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2009-03-17
*polite clap*

Caminante Nocturno - 2009-03-16
All this talk of Cherenkov glows and radiation is not in the Bible and therefore incorrect.

Clearly, that pulse was caused by an angel exploding.

Exploding angels will be the fuel source of the future.
Comrade Admiral - 2009-03-16
Hey, if heating my home by lighting off Blue Angels is wrong, then I don't want to be right.

BHWW - 2009-03-16
This sort of thing, I expect the next footage to be of a mad scientist type ranting about how the world is going to change or revenge shall be his as he pulls levers and pushes buttons on a console.
garcet71283 - 2009-03-16
Resonance cascade!!!
Bastard - 2009-03-17
Good times, the footage doesn't really do justice to how bright it can be.
kelpfoot - 2009-03-17
Try pausing right when the reactor flashes, about halfway through the seventh second. Do that and I think you'll get the idea.

glasseye - 2009-03-17
Yay for science.
lustygoat - 2009-03-23
I like how primitive the machinery looks and sounds. Someday someone is going to build a machine in their basement or lab that looks and sounds just like this, except it will end the universe after that last 'clack'.
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