New High-Speed Camera Captures Photos at 1-Trillionth of a Second

STAMP Camera

If you think your high-end DSLR is awesome for capturing photos at up to 1/8,000 of a second, then consider this new camera unveiled by two universities in Japan. Designed to capture chemical reactions, it captures images consecutively in less than 1/1,000,000,000,000 of a second. Yes, that’s less than one-trillionth of a second.

It uses technology called STAMP, which is an acronym for Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography. The optical shutter allows the camera to capture images at such a high frame rate. Whereas mechanical and electronic shutters max out around one-billionth of a second frame rates.

As the creators explain:

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.

The cost, of course, is in the resolution. Each frame is only 450 x 450 pixels – or 0.2MP.

[via Gizmodo & Wall Street Journal]

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