World’s fastest camera T-CUP can freeze time, light

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Washington: A research team at the INRS Universite De Recherche has recently built the world’s fastest camera named T-CUP, which can capture 10 trillion frames per second (fps). This also means that it has the capability to freeze time and even light.

Setting the world record for real-time imaging speed, the camera can power a new generation of microscopes for biomedical, materials science, and other applications.

According to scientists from California Institute of Technology in the US, the advanced camera may offer insight into as-yet undetectable secrets of the interactions between light and matter.

The new T-CUP system was developed based on a femtosecond streak camera that also incorporates a data acquisition type used in applications such as tomography.

The camera represents a fundamental shift, making it possible to analyse interactions between light and matter at an unparalleled temporal resolution. The first time it was used, the ultra-fast camera broke new ground by capturing the temporal focusing of a single femtosecond laser pulse in real time. This process was recorded in 25 frames taken at an interval of 400 femtoseconds and detailed the light pulse’s shape, intensity, and angle of inclination.

Last year, the record belonged to a Swedish team with a five-trillion-fps camera, which was itself an improvement of an earlier 4.4-trillion fps system. The new camera casually doubles the previous record-holder, which could make it easier to peer at the nanoscale world with greater “temporal” resolution.

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