MIT Researchers Build Camera Capable of One Trillion Exposures Per Second

Researchers at MIT have developed an imaging system capable of acquiring visual data at the super fast speed of one trillion exposures every second. So, now a person can record a single ray of light traveling through any object and create a slow-motion video of the same.

There are 500 sensors in the camera - all are timed down to picoseconds, which have one trillionth of a second accuracy. The camera illuminates the subject many times with a "laser pulse" and then shoots many more odd images; recording different areas. Images are put together to create a single complete video file.

The research team described the technology as "femto-photography", as reported by Tech Radar.

The camera needs almost a hours to capture enough shots to produce one final video that is, interestingly, just one fraction of one second in real time. The camera is 40 billion times faster than a UK television camera. MIT is hopeful the camera will have a practical use such as for medical or scientific purposes. Being able to capture images this quickly may help those in both the medical and research medicine fields in studying various diseases and other illnesses that plague people.