There are some processes, mostly in science and nature which happen so freaking fast that it gets impossible to capture them on a camera. But not anymore because a team of researchers at Lund University, Sweden have developed the world’s fastest camera which can capture mind-blogging 5 trillion images in ONE SECOND!
So you thought 10,000 images per second is cool and real fast and no camera can be faster? Yeah well, they are old hat now in comparison with this new camera built in Sweden will surely blow your mind because it is capable of capturing (not million, not billion not one trillion) but five trillion images in one single second which means it captures one image at approximately 0.2 trillionth part of second. The Swedish researchers have proved it this time and with this speed it practically literally causes light waves to freeze in their paths! The camera freezes the light! This is all so exciting!
This is the fastest camera in the entire history of photography and science and anything that is related to photography. So what is the use of such a brisk camera? This super camera will be able to capture moments in physics, chemistry, biology and biomedicine. Some processes in science and nature like chemical reactions occur so fast that they were never before been caught on film. Such images will be easily captured by this new snappy snapper!
Generally, the high speed cameras catch images shot by shot in a sequence but that is not how this speedster baby works; it actually uses a new algorithm based on technology called ‘FRAME – Frequency Recognition Algorithm for Multiple Exposures’; using which it captures several coded pictures in one single shot and then sort it into a video sequence later. The fastest camera will help scientist to see processes in nature like explosions, plasma flashes, turbulent combustion, brain activity in animals and chemical reactions which occur at a speed of picosecond or femtosecond scale. Imagine the number of seconds in one average person’s lifetime, that will roughly be equal to the number of femtoseconds in one second. Stunned, right?
A regular camera with a flash uses regular light, but in this case the researchers use “coded” light flashes, as a form of encryption. Every time a coded light flash hits the object for example, a chemical reaction in a burning flame, the object emits an image signal in response with the exact same coding. The following light flashes all have different codes, and the image signals are captured in one single photograph. These coded image signals are subsequently separated using an encryption key on the computer and that is how the cam work at an ultimate swoop-swoop speed!
The camera even captured the light photons as they travelled to a distance equal to the thickness of a paper sheet which occurs in a time lapse of one single picosecond so the video is actually frozen to trillion times slower speed so that it can be viewed by us.