Forget about watching pop balloons or ripping fruit balls. The next generation of super fast cameras is 15 and a million times faster than a slow-mo commercial camera like a Phantom Flex, and can show the movement of the light itself.
A research group at the University of Lund in Sweden demonstrated a camera capable of filming at around five trillion frames per second.
These are not five trillion discrete frames per second, attention. In order to divide time in the end, the camera shoots several images on a single image. While the “trigger” is open, several different laser flashes hit the subject. Each laser flash is visually encoded, so it can be separated from the rest of the information in the frame by using a decryption key.
In this way, it is quite similar to the old “fastest camera in the world” disk drive of the University of Tokyo, which manages a bulk of 4.4 trillion pieces per second.
For what could be useful for such a thing? Most likely scientific and industrial research, where it is fast enough to visually track the processes that occur on a ps or femtosecond gauge. The research team that invented the process spends most of the time working on combustion, which is reasonably well understood at the macro level, but is guided by a number of ultra-fast processes at the molecular level.
This camera will be used to document the chemistry of plasma discharges, the initiation of different chemical reactions and the lifetime of quantum states, both in combustion situations and in biological tissues.
Lord knows just how much a camera card you would need … If you recorded a wink (which takes about 0.3 second), then played it to a beautiful cinematic picture of 24 Images per second, it would take a little less than two thousand years to watch.