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MIT’s New Camera Can Catch Travelling Light on Film


MIT Light Capturing Camera 1

A new camera developed by a group of researchers at MIT has just broken all records in photography. It has the ability to photograph a trillion frames per second. That number is huge in itself but just to get the idea sunk in, the traditional movie camera takes a mere 24 frames per second. Because of this, the super-fast camera can capture the movement of the fastest thing in the world, Light.

MIT Light Capturing Camera 2

Researchers have successfully captured photons traveling through a water bottle at 600-million-miles-per-second, an event that took a mere nano second to occur, and stretched that event to over 20 seconds. For perspective, if a bullet was to be filmed traveling through the same bottle, it would take 3 years to watch that footage as captured by this camera. This process is called femto-photography and according to one researcher on the team, Andrea Velten, “There is nothing in this world that’s too fast for this camera.”
All this may seem too “fast” to comprehend but for clarifications and demonstration, watch the video below.

 

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MIT’s New Camera Can Catch Travelling Light on Film

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