The head of the American Nuclear Society is congratulating Janesville-based SHINE Technologies for achieving a “milestone moment” in developing fusion technology.

The company yesterday announced it has demonstrated visible Cherenkov radiation produced by fusion “for what is believed to be the first time in history,” according to the release. This form of energy produces a blue glow, which results from charged particles moving faster than the speed of light through water.

That’s possible because light travels at about 75 percent of its normal speed through water, the company says. The particles moving faster than that create a shock wave as they slow down, releasing energy in the form of the blue glow. SHINE Technologies has released a photo and video of this occurring.

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