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MIT's New Camera Can Take 1 Trillion Frames Per Second 197

Posted by timothy
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First time accepted submitter probain writes "MIT has made a camera that can take trillion frames per second! With this high speed capability, they can actually see the movement of photons of light across a scene or object. This is just mind-boggling." ExtremeTech has a nice video of the system, too. What would you like to see slowed down to such a degree?
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MIT's New Camera Can Take 1 Trillion Frames Per Second

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  • by SJHillman (1966756) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @09:55AM (#38354438)

    I love the whooshing sound deadlines make as they fly by, maybe this will slow them down enough to see what they look like too!

  • Hmmm (Score:5, Funny)

    by DWMorse (1816016) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @09:56AM (#38354448) Homepage

    What would you like to see slowed down to such a degree?

    Hint: It involves a trampoline, or maybe a wet tshirt...

  • by RivenAleem (1590553) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @10:45AM (#38354956)

    10,000 FPS should be enough for anyone.

  • Re:What (Score:5, Funny)

    by GrpA (691294) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @11:06AM (#38355246)

    Yes, since it's "Active" illumination, you just detect from which direction the flash of light is coming from - though you need a very wideband detector since it could be anywhere on the spectrum and will almost certainly be infrared above 1000nm...

    Then once you see the person aiming their "LIDAR" at you, you swivel the tank's gun and send some high-velocity non-photonic matter their way... Probably the most effective countermeasure.

    Most of this technology uses very long wavelength ( around 1500nm ) light so that it's not going to be obvious what you're doing. It also tends to work over very long distances, eg, 10Km away... :) It's more used for detection and identification of enemy equipment at long range under conditions of darkness.

    Even then I don't think it's all that common. Thermal is more practical for detection now and I imagine Lidar is special use only ( eg, when very high resolution images are required, when topological information is important or for underwater use ) -

    GrpA

  • Re:What (Score:4, Funny)

    by Dogtanian (588974) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @05:55PM (#38362142) Homepage

    I'm pretty sure non-techies don't have a clue what RS232 is

    That's what you think. Of course we've heard of RS232, he was C3PO's boyfriend in the Star Trek films!

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