“Slow art with a trillion frames per second camera” by Velten, Lawson, Bardagjy, Bawendi and Raskar

  • ©Andreas Velten, Everett Lawson, Andrew Bardagjy, Moungi G. Bawendi, and Ramesh Raskar




    Slow art with a trillion frames per second camera



    How will the world look with a one trillion frame per second camera? Although such a camera does not exist today, we converted high end research equipment to produce conventional movies at 0.5 trillion (5· 1011) frames per second, with light moving barely 0.6 mm in each frame. Our camera has the game changing ability to capture objects moving at the speed of light. Inspired by the classic high speed photography art of Harold Edgerton [Kayafas and Edgerton 1987] we use this camera to capture movies of several scenes.


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    3. Kayafas, G., and Edgerton, H. 1987. Stopping Time: The Photographs of Harold Edgerton. Harry N Abrams.

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