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How a particle racing through a vacuum leaves a trail of blue light

Nuclear reactor core glows blue due to Cherenkov radiation

The blue glow of Cherenkov radiation, seen here at a nuclear-reactor core, can also be generated by subatomic particles speeding through a vacuum. Credit: US Department of Energy/SPL

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Nature 569, 162 (2019)

doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-019-01430-0

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