Did you know that the School of Nuclear Engineering is home to Indiana's first and only nuclear reactor?

Purdue University Reactor Number One (PUR-1)

An image of the reactor when it is active with a blue glow
Cerenkov Radiation "The Blue Glow"


Light produced by electrons traversing the water at a speed greater than the speed of light in water.
Cerenkov radiation looks much like a glowing ball of water or plasma around the reactor core.

Learn more about our exciting Reactor Sharing Field Trip Program for high school students.