14 December 2011

Slowing Down A Light Beam With A Camera That Shoots A Trillion Frames Per Second

Posted by Dan Satterfield

There is an amazing video out tonight on YouTube from the MIT Media Lab. They’ve developed a camera that can make an exposure of only two trillionths of a second! We all know light travels about 300,000 km each second, and that breaks down to about 300 meters in a millionth of a second. This means it’s possible with this camera to make a movie of a light beam moving across a tomato!

In essence the movie here is made up of 500 billion frames per second!