A movie still of a tomato taken by the camera
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MIT's trillion frames per second light camera

A camera capable of visualising the movement of light has been unveiled by a team of scientists in the US.

The equipment captures images at a rate of roughly a trillion frames per second - or about 40 billion times faster than a UK television camera.

Direct recording of light is impossible at that speed, so the camera takes millions of repeated scans to recreate each image.

The team said the technique could be used to understand ultra fast processes.

The images have been turned into films lasting roughly 480 frames.

This footage shows different wavelengths of light rippling over the surface of a tomato.

Footage courtesy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • 13 Dec 2011