According tomedia reports, the best mobile phone camera can record less than 1000 frames per second of slow motion. But that’s all pale in comparison to the world’s fastest camera record holder, the staggering speed of 70 trillion frames per second. This speed is fast enough to capture the light waves in motion.
The technology, developed by the California Institute of Technology, is known as Compression Ultrafast Spectroscopy (CUSP). The camera has an amazing frame rate, and it functions differently from a normal camera, using very short laser pulses that last only one fly-second per pulse. As a reference, one fly second is a billionth of a second.
The optical system divides these pulses into shorter flashes. Each of these pulses hits a special sensor in the camera, which in turn produces an image that occurs 70 trillion times per second.
CusP Systems is based on an earlier technology development by Lihong Wang, lead author of the study. The original version, Compression Superfast Photography (CUP), reached a top speed of 100 billion frames per second in 2014. By 2018, the team will be able to capture 10 trillion frames per second using an advanced technology called T-CUP.
Now shooting seven times faster, Wang and his team believe CUSP technology can be used to detect ultra-fast basic physical worlds to help create smaller, more sensitive electronics.
“We envision (the technology) being applied to a variety of very fast phenomena such as ultra-short light propagation, wave propagation, nuclear fusion, photon transmission in cloud and biological tissue, and fluorescence of biomolecules,” Wang said. “
The study was published in Nature Communications.