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Fastest Camera Ever Uses Lasers

Thu, 04/30/2009 - 7:27am
From Wired.com

Editor's Note: Big-ScienceTM research like this is always useful. Breakthroughs of this nature open a floodgate of new applications and approaches using the new capabilities given.

(Wired.com) - Scientists have made the fastest camera ever. It can take 6.1 million pictures in a single second, at a shutter speed of 440 trillionths of a second. Light itself moves just a fraction of a centimeter in that time.

The camera works by illuminating objects with a laser that emits a different infrared frequency for every single pixel, allowing them to custom-amplify a signal that would otherwise be too dim to see.

“We have invented a new type of imaging technology that overcomes the fundamental limitation between sensitivity and speed,” said Keisuke Goda, an optoelectronic specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s the world’s fastest camera.”

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