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This camera records at one trillion FPS and can capture moving light

By Shawn Knight · 15 replies
Nov 5, 2013
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  1. Did you know that there exists a camera that can capture one trillion frames per second and is fast enough to capture moving light? Me either, but apparently it’s been around for nearly two years and was created in the...

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  2. p3ngwin

    p3ngwin TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +9

    "The video embedded above demonstrates how the camera is able to capture PHOTOS moving through space. As the narrator describes, you?ve probably seen images of a bullet traveling through an apple. PHOTOS move about a million times faster than bullets, so capturing them is no easy feat."


    can't believe you mistyped PHOTONS twice, consistently :)
    dennis777 and MID.AS like this.
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,722   +376

    Photons rather than "photos".
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,875   +1,206

    I don't get it. In order to see something a photon needs to enter your eye. In order to take a picture of something a photon needs to enter the lens and be recorded. So how could you possibly take a picture of a photon moving? That's sort of impossible by definition isn't it?
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  5. Steveb8189

    Steveb8189 TS Rookie

  6. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

  7. mikeusru

    mikeusru TS Rookie Posts: 48

    You're right - the camera doesn't record photons, but the scatter from light which occurs when it hits objects (read: that plastic coke bottle). The term photons is also misleading here, since even though it's true, you can see that the pulse of light is quite large, many magnitudes higher than a single photon (which allows all the scattering).
  8. MID.AS

    MID.AS TS Member

    PHOTONS!! Not "Photos"
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    Yeah you have a point there. That's the way I understand it. Then again I didn't attend MIT.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    If I were to ever buy $1000 AMD or Nvidia GFX card, that's the kind of FPS I'd expect at 4k for my money.
    Raoul Duke likes this.
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,953   +1,286

    Its capturing the reflection of light off of objects into the camera lens.
  12. Damn straight!!
  13. Video uploaded on Dec 28, 2011, that was two years ago. Better late than never I guess.
  14. LOL
    I hate when that happens, you see someone that needs help listed on the main web page, click, and find out it is years old. WTF
  15. I like taking photos of photos. Then I take phots of them.
    coolazeem likes this.

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