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This is the world’s fastest camera capable of shooting 10 trillion frames per second

The camera is the result of a joint effort between Caltech and INRS.

  • Published: October 12, 2018 4:05 PM IST
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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.

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!

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.

  • Published Date: October 12, 2018 4:05 PM IST