Scientist creates camera that films in 3D at 100B frames per second, fast enough to capture light traveling

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A scientist has created a new ultra high speed camera that films in 3D and can capture lightwaves as they move. The impressive machine may help us unravel one of physics’ greatest mysteries. Lihong Wang’s invention is an improvement on his original camera design, which could capture 70 trillion frames per second in 2D. The Caltech scientist announced his original compressed ultrafast photography (CUP) camera back in January, which can record at an astonishing rate, but could only produce flat images. Since then, by diligently working through Covid-19 lockdowns, Wang kept busy and has now produced a camera which can capture light as it travels in three dimensions at a rate of 100 billion frames per second. For context, most high-end smartphone cameras can only shoot at 60 frames per second. In other words, the camera, dubbed the “single-shot stereo-polarimetric compressed ultrafast photography,” or SP-CUP for short, can take 10 billion pictures in less than the blink of an eye.

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