Advanced Test Reactor core, Idaho National Laboratory

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    Argonne National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory have announced a collaboration to study how to better recycle spent nuclear fuel. Read more »

    Photo: Samples from Idaho National Laboratory's Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) core will be sent to Argonne's ATLAS particle accelerator for analysis to learn the characteristics of the nuclear material. Powered up, the fuel plates can be seen glowing bright blue. The core is submerged in water for cooling. More on the ATR »

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    1. ayresphotography 67 months ago | reply

      Reminds me of Star Trek!

    2. GodsSentinel 67 months ago | reply

      Reminds me of our ego.

    3. DrewMerkle 67 months ago | reply

      No matter how many reactors I've looked into, it's still amazing. I've never seen anything exactly like that color of blue anywhere else. The closest thing to it is looking down from a small aircraft into pools of water that form on glaciers, but although those sparkle, they don't luminesce like this. There is something spiritual about it.

      Kudos to Argonne National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory for efforts to get more out of the fuel.

    4. klowns123 66 months ago | reply

      If there's serious truth & momentum with the Global Nuclear Renaissance, I'm considering transitioning to the commercial nuclear power industry as a long-term career move (either after the Nuclear Navy (if admitted) or after pursuing a distance M.S. Nuclear Engr degree either through Penn State or North Carolina State). There's nothing quite like the glow of Cerenkov radiation at full power and knowing you're entrusted with this stewardship to help meet the world's energy needs in a clean manner!

    5. Gray Marchiori-Simpson 46 months ago | reply

      Cerenkov blue could be a religion in itself!

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