A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo and Keio University have built a camera capable of recording 4.4 trillion frames per second. Called the STAMP (Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography) camera, it is able to allow us to visualize heat conduction and chemical reactions. The researchers say this is now the fastest camera in the world and could potentially have multiple uses in the medical and manufacturing industries.
To give a benchmark contrast, when filming a stormy sky at 6,500 frames per second, it is possible to slow down the images and watch lightning ‘crawl’ through the clouds. Filming at 4.4 trillion frames per second, this camera can capture the actual chemical reactions occurring at one sixth the speed of light. Today’s high speed cameras can shoot consecutive images in one billionth of a second. The STAMP’s optical shutter allows it to shoot consecutive images in less than one trillionth of a second, making it more than 1,000 times faster than current high speed cameras in laboratories.
The STAMP camera can film in super slow motion (there’s an understatement) sending a burst stream of timed photos. A mapping device then assembles these photographs in sequential order to show an object’s “time varying spatial profile”, producing photos that are 450 X 450 pixels, giving scientists a look at what was previously not visible.
The STAMP camera is currently about one square meter in size, but researchers hope to make the device more practical over the next few year by making it smaller and smaller. It could potentially help in a vast number of research projects for medical and other technologies such as laser processing and ultrasonic therapy.
We are living in a very exciting time with many technologies exponentially creating more and more opportunities for humanity. At great time to be alive and watch things evolve.
Source: Discover Magazine