A team of Japanese researcher managed to create a stunning device. A total of 12 researchers from University of Tokio and Keio University in Japan constructed the fastest high-speed camera. There is a new technology contained by the fastest high speed camera, called Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography (STAMP).
What this does is allowing the camera to capture images at unprecedented speeds. The camera is so powerful that it compared to the present high-speed cameras, it outpaces them by 1.000 times. The images captured by the camera are recorded at a resolution of 450 X 450 pixels. How many pictures can this camera record per second? The researchers say it can capture 4.4 trillion frames per second.
To achieve such a performance, scientists put the principle of ‘motion picture femtophotography’ to work, an optical mapping principle. Thus, it avoids capturing images repetitively.
“The principle of this method—‘motion picture femtophotography’—is all-optical mapping of the target’s time-varying spatial profile onto a burst stream of sequentially timed photographs with spatial and temporal dispersion.”
This is a good time for high-speed cameras development. Recently, another camera was introduced by Toshiba. However, this time the device is meant for smartphones and tablets. The 8 MP T4KA3 image sensor can capture HD videos at 240 fps. Today’s smartphone cameras can capture only 30 fps, as a comparison. The Toshiba T4KA3 sensor will be available starting with April 2015.
Fastest high speed camera will have important applications in chemical reaction studies
So far, researchers managed to put the camera to work to capture the conduction of heat. This is an astounding success, because the conduction of heat happens at a huge speed. That is a sixth of the light speed, Wall Street Journal reports.
The fastest high speed camera manages to be so performant because of the new optical technology. The previous highest speed cameras used mechanical or electronic shutters, which can reach only a limited velocity.
The applications of the new camera are numerous. However, studying chemical reactions will be top priority. Finding out more precisely how chemicals interact can lay at innovative approaches in medicine, for example. Keisuke Goda, professor of physical chemistry at the University of Tokyo, one of the researchers, says that the camera can help scientists better understand how laser works. The results could be used in auto factories, as well as in processor development.