Footage Captured at One Trillion Frames per Second

According to the smart folks over at MIT, this video shows footage that was captured at an unbelievable one trillion frames per second. It appears to show some kind of light pulse traveling through some kind of object. Here’s a confusing explanation found on the project’s website:

We use a pico-second accurate detector (single pixel). Another option is a special camera called a streak camera that behaves like an oscilloscope with corresponding trigger and deflection of beams. A light pulse enters the instrument through a narrow slit along one direction. It is then deflected in the perpendicular direction so that photons that arrive first hit the detector at a different position compared to photons that arrive later. The resulting image forms a “streak” of light. Streak cameras are often used in chemistry or biology to observe milimeter sized objects but rarely for free space imaging.

In November 2010, we reported that MIT scientists were working on a camera that would be able to see around corners using echos of light. Well, this is that camera. Insane.

Femtosecond Transient Imaging (via Reddit)

  • Josh Ladella

    The framerate race just goes by orders of magnitude now…

  • Anonymous

    Where can I download the iPhone app?

  • Spider- Man

    How many MegaPixles!?!?!

  • John Moyer

    not impressed

  • Dave

    Downside is the ultra-slow 1/640,000,000 sync speed.

  • David Ritchie

    Reading some of the Youtube comments it seems this was probably an April fools prank???

  • JV Toorn

    Grow some brain cells and intelligence, and you’ll appreciate what this is.

  • Osiris

    CalTech has a 4million fps camera they use to study Solar flares, in the lab . . and they say with that frame rate, they can only capture about 4-5 frames of the flare . . .

  • Random

    Nope. It’s real.

  • Rogue

    Can’t they focus their equipment? But ya, they are not photographers!