New Ultrafast Camera Takes 70 Trillion Pictures Per Second



Just about everyone has had the experience of blinking while having their picture taken. The camera clicks, your eyes shut, and by the time they open again, the photo is ruined. Thanks to engineers at Caltech, a new ultrafast camera can prevent that from happening. Instead of taking just one picture in the time it takes you to blink, it takes trillions. In fact, it’s capable of taking as many as 70 trillion frames per second. That’s fast enough to see waves of light traveling, and the fluorescent decay of molecules. The technology, though still early in its development, may ultimately have uses in many fields, including physics, biology, and chemistry.