Did you know that scientists are already using cameras which can come up with 100,000 images per second? Not only this, cameras which are used to record minute details of the experiments being carried out at labs of physics, chemistry or any other scientific experimental lab, feature the ability to capture images up to 100 billion in just a second.
5 Trillion FPS Achieved
At LUND University, Sweeden, scientists are finally able to achieve the speed of 5 Trillion FPS in a video, with the help of the newest camera invention.
How On Earth Is This Possible?
Your mind may be locked to the older procedure of capturing images by opening and closing the camera shutter at an unbelievably lightning speed. But this newer technology uses a different way of doing the job. The new camera, also known as FRAME (Frequency Recognition Algorithm for Multiple Exposures), works on the principles of capturing images by using a laser beam. In addition to the beam, the computer generated multiple exposures hit the image and use a unique code for that.
Fastest Image Capturing Explained
While going a bit deeper, this process needs explanation for a naive mind to be understood. Well, to put that simply, a single frame in this process, will have several encoded laser beams inside the image. The computer dedicated for this job will split that frame into several images using the encoded data in the laser. Now, the split frames can be re-assembled into a video delivering the best frame rates.
The results were only achievable by looking for an alternative to the traditional camera shutter technology. This new method of encoding several images in one has done what was even unthinkable in the past.
What Do The Inventors Want?
Elias Kristensson and Andreas Ehn, are the brains behind the invention and the purpose to develop this camera was to record processes like traveling of light or activities such as the working of animal brains. The idea behind this invention is actually to create more fuel-efficient engines, turbines, and boilers. Elias Kristensson expressed his views like:
Today, the only way to visualize such rapid events is to photograph still images of the process. You then have to attempt to repeat identical experiments to provide several still images which can later be edited into a movie. The problem with this approach is that it is highly unlikely that a process will be identical if you repeat the experiment.
This camera might become available to the other enthusiastic scientists in about 2 years.