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World’s Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

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World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

World’s fastest camera invented – and it takes 4.4 trillion frames per SECOND

World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

  • Scientists from the University of Tokyo and Keio University in Japan created the camera, which uses a technique called motion-based femtophotography 
  • It maps the movement of an object over time into a ‘burst stream’ of photos
  • Camera takes high resolution images at the rate of 4.4 trillion per second but is not compact, measuring around 3ft or one metre in length
  •  Will be used to examine chemical reactions and heat conduction 
World’s fastest camera invented - and it takes 4.4 trillion frames per SECOND
Researchers in Japan have developed what they believe is the world’s fastest camera, which can take 4.4 trillion images a second. The large machine contains a pulse source, temporal and spatial mapping devices and an image sensor (illustrated) to take high resolution photographs at the rate of 4.4 trillion frames a second


Up until now, the fastest cameras used a ‘pump-probe process’, where light is pumped at the object being photographed and then probed for absorption by a laser, in order to collect vital data used to construct an image, Phys.org reported.

But this technique relies on repetitive measurements to construct an image.

Instead, the new camera uses a technique called motion-based femtophotography to capture movement. 

The camera visually maps the movement of an object over time in a ‘burst stream’ of timed photographs organised in the correct sequence, to show an object’s ‘time varying spatial profile,’ according to the journal Nature Photonics.

It was developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo and Keio University in Japan. 

World’s fastest camera invented - and it takes 4.4 trillion frames per SECOND

Source: dailymail

The new camera will make it possible for scientists to capture chemical reactions and heat conduction that occurs at a sixth of the speed of light. One day it could also be used in medicine and to gain new insights into the manufacturing of computer chips (pictured) including their tiny semiconductors


The device claims to be 1,000 times faster than the previous ‘fastest’ camera.


It has high pixel resolution of 450 x 450 pixels to provide scientists with a lot of detail about the object they are photographing.

The new camera is called Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography (Stamp) and will be used to capture chemical reactions and heat conduction that occurs at a sixth of the speed of light.

It has taken three years to develop and the next step is make the device smaller, as it measures around three square feet (one square metre).

The experts who developed the machine believe it could one day be used in medicine and to gain new insights into the manufacturing of semiconductors, for example.

The computer chip components are tiny and by looking at detailed images of the manufacturing process, experts might be able to spot opportunities to make efficiencies.

 

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