A research study has indicated that the world’s fastest two-dimensional camera has been engineered, and it is capable of taking 100 billion photo frames per second with its Compressed Ultrafast Photography technology. The next fastest cameras in the world are only receive-only, and they come behind with capability for 10 million photo frames per second.
This is the only new camera in the world that can capture light photons, a feat that is almost impossible to be believed judging by the fact that light photons are the fastest and speediest light phenomenon in the world. But with the 2-D technology of this new light camera, it operates at a blazing 100 billion frames per second and converts the captured photons into 2-D images on a computer.
According to Lihong Wang, the camera’s engineer, “For the first time, humans can see light pulses on the fly. Because this technique advances the imaging frame rate by orders of magnitude, we now enter a new regime to open up new visions. Each new technique, especially one of a quantum leap forward, is always followed a number of new discoveries. It’s our hope that CUP will enable new discoveries in science — ones that we can’t even anticipate yet.”
The clever device is equipped with a streak camera with add-ons like microscopes, micro-mirror, telescopes, and assorted lenses to enable the 2-D camera observe and measure the movement of light; but much more than this, captured photons are encoded by the micromirror which directs the photons to a beam splitter, and this in turn beams the former onto the streak camera which then converts them into electrons. These are in turn reassembled to form an image on a computer.
“Combine CUP imaging with the Hubble Telescope, and we will have both the sharpest spatial resolution of the Hubble and the highest temporal solution with CUP,” Wang said. “That combination is bound to discover new science.”
And this, according to Wang, is because the new CUP technology that the new 2-D camera uses can be applied to the fields of biomedicine, astronomy, and forensics, and this would enable the study of light speed proteins as well as other space matter like supernovas in graphic details.