Strange Science: Light in Slow Motion

Flare of light on a dark backgroundScientists have developed a camera that can capture moving light in slow motion, by taking 10 trillion frames per second! The setup is actually a pair of cameras–one “streak” camera and one stationary camera–and it doesn’t actually capture all 10 trillion frames. But it captures enough frames to allow for scientists to then examine the data on how light moves.

What can be done with this data? All sorts of things! According to a summary of this information, “there are potential applications in physics, engineering, and medicine that depend heavily on the behavior of light at scales so small, and so short, that they are at the very limit of what can be measured.”

You can read more about the camera here!

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