The rapid (and ongoing) advances in science and technology have led to inventions that, only a few years ago, would ve seemed impossible. With everything from lights to doorbells going smart today, nothing seems surprising enough. But then, every once in a while, something truly amazing comes up and makes us gasp in awe. Also Read - Facebook for Android will soon get dark mode and coronavirus tracking featureAlso Read - Scientists develop soft contact lens that can zoom with a blink
So, you think your top-dollar professional-grade camera, with its fifty different shooting modes and advanced burst capabilities, is the best out there? Well, meet T-CUP, the world s fastest camera that can shoot an astounding 10 trillion frames per second. Yep, you read that right! Also Read - Increasing smartphone usage may be resulting in growing horns on our skull; research suggests
Developed by INRS professor and ultrafast imaging specialist Jinyang Liang (with his team) and Lihong Wang from Caltech, T-CUP is based on the Compressed Ultrafast Photography technology.
As noted by American News Report, the one-of-a-kind device makes it possible to freeze time (or at least create its illusion), allowing phenomena like light to be captured in extremely slow motion. Needless to say, T-CUP is intended for scientific and research purposes only.
The camera utilizes lasers used at INRS, which produce ultrashort pulses in the femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second) range. Initially developed with a shooting speed of 100 billion frames a second, T-CUP s system is based on a femtosecond streak camera.
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We knew that by using only a femtosecond streak camera, the image quality would be limited. So to improve this, we added another camera that acquires a static image. Combined with the image acquired by the femtosecond streak camera, we can use what is called a Radon transformation to obtain high-quality images while recording ten trillion frames per second, said Lihong Wang, the Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Caltech.