MIT New Camera Can Capture at the Speed of Light: [Video]
Engadget reports that MIT media lab team was eventually successful in creation of a camera with a “shutter speed” of one trillion exposures per second thus enabling it to record light itself traveling from one point to another. This has been achieved through use of a heavily modified Streak Tube which is normally used to intensify photons into electron streams. The team could snap a single image of a laser as it passed through a soda bottle.
To create its slow-motion film in the video, the team had to replicate the experiment several hundreds of times. The stop-motion footage shows how light bounces through the bottle, collecting inside the opaque cap before dispersing. Although the revolutionary snapper may have created fastest shutter but the long time it takes to process the images have earned it the nickname of the “the world’s slowest fastest camera.”