The blue generated by our LED range of lights at selectAV is very similar in hue to the electromagnetic radiation emitted in a nuclear reactor. Fortunately our LED lights are safe for guests and staff alike. It’s a beautiful deep colour – almost 3 dimensional in its provision – in the right location it can appear to travel forever.
Cherenkov radiation (also spelled Cerenkov) is electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle (such as an electron) passes through a dielectric medium at a speed greater than the phase velocity of light in that medium. The charged particles polarize the molecules of that medium, which then turn back rapidly to their ground state, emitting radiation in the process. The characteristic blue glow of nuclear reactors is due to Cherenkov radiation. It is named after Russian scientist Pave Alekseyevich Cherenkov, the 1958 Nobel Prize winner who was the first to detect it experimentally.