The Glow of True Love

Your article on Nuclear Engineering 234 [Classroom] brought back memories. In 1962, I was a graduate student in nuclear engineering, and we had this idea to open up the reactor for Engineering Week. We had the reactor operating and producing the blue glow. We thought this would really impress our girlfriends. I may have overdone it, as the girl I showed it to has been married to me for fifty-one years. I’m sure Professor Max Carbon would be proud of me for recognizing the blue glow as Cherenkov radiation caused by electrons passing through water.

Thomas Plunkett ’61 MS’62 Bartow, Florida

Published in the Summer 2014 issue


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