MIT develops camera that captures trillion frames per second

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a video camera that can capture one trillion frames per second, making it possible to visualize the speed of light and the effect on photons as they hit surfaces. Now that’s what we call quick frame taking!

The camera resides in a case and has a laser for a companion. It works in the following manner – nanosecond laser pulses are shone on an object. There’s a narrow slit in front of the camera so that just a thin slice of laser light can be seen at a time – this is also called “streak camera”. The laser pulses, are then caught up by an array of 500 sensors in the camera — but only one “scan line” at a time. The entire process, however takes about an hour which has made one of its creators – Ramesh Raskar – dub it “the world’s slowest fastest camera”.

MIT Logo

The camera made at MIT costs 250 000 US dollars and will make use in material analysis. Much in the same way that ultrasound is used to detect flaws in metal, the scattering of photons could also tell us a lot about materials. The good news is that the new camera may lead to new discoveries in lighting technology used in studio lights and point-and-shoot cameras. So perhaps some years down the road photography lovers will be able to take even more fascinating photos thanks to MIT’s invention.


Source: Extremetech

Related posts

Plymouth’s Retro Hot Rod

Plymouth’s Retro Hot Rod

Plymouth has long been known for making some of the most unusual cars to come out of Chrysler Corporation. After all, this is the division that brought us the Superbird back in the 1960s. In the 1990s, they did it again with the Plymouth Prowler. The Prowler was basically a modern take on the...

VIA Eden One Watt Processor Brings Power-Efficiency to Fujitsu Thin Clients

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of its VIA Eden processor in the latest FUTRO thin client series from Fujitsu. The 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor, with its remarkably low TDP of only one watt, powers the Fujitsu...

Logitech Wireless Mouse M325

The model M325 is the latest addition to the Logitech's wireless mouse lineup. The rodent features the company's familiar ergonomic design, has a textured rubber grips and is equipped with specially optimized for web browsing micro-precise scroll wheel that packs four times the number of...

Leave a comment